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By Lisa Barbour
Annan and Eskdale
Step forward for Gretna’s sports hub dream

PLANS for longed after leisure facilities to be constructed in Gretna will be discussed at an information event in the town this evening.

LEISURE BID . . . Raydale Community Partnership chairman Craig Peacock is urging townspeople to get behind a bid for new sports and recreation facilities at an information event in Gretna this evening

Members of Gretna Community Sport, Gretna Community Sport Hub and the Raydale Community Partnership (RCP) are urging townspeople to come along to the Richard Greenhow Centre at 6.30 pm tonight to outline their desire for a sports and recreation building.
RCP chairman Craig Peacock said: “We want to try and get all the sports and recreation clubs within Gretna to come together and form a sports hub, which in turn will have better opportunities in pushing forward and developing the leisure facility we are trying to get in Gretna.
“Rather than working as individual clubs there is more opportunity for funding if the community works together.”
The RCP, which purchased the Dominion Road site in 2011, was awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery to conduct a feasibility study and form a business plan.
And they have now submitted a stage one application to progress the development of the facilities.
Mr Peacock, who is also a councillor for the Annandale East and Eskdale ward, is
hopeful that a working group can be formed following this evening’s meeting to take the proposal forward.
He added: “It will be a very informal event and we are not asking people to commit to anything at this stage, but we need the community behind us if we are ever going to have the opportunity to build these facilities.
“For years the community has complained about the lack of facilities in Gretna and we are trying to take that to the next level, but we cannot do that without the support of the community so it is imperative they get involved.
“I would really encourage people to come along as it’s their community and it’s their facilities that they have been shouting about, so now is the time to step up and support it.”

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