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What should be done with the Lockerbie MUGA?

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By Donald Turvill
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
What should be done with the Lockerbie MUGA?

COMMUNITY groups in Lockerbie are being consulted over the sale of a derelict games pitch in the town.

At a meeting of the council’s Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee next week, members are expected to be informed that the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on Glasgow Road has been deemed surplus to requirements and should be sold-off.

As part of the disposal process, local sports clubs and groups have been asked for ideas of any potential community uses for the site.

Lockerbie Community Council, Lockerbie Golf Club, Lochmaben Football Club and Lockerbie Scout Group have all been contacted so far.

And next week councillors will consider any further organisations which should be consulted prior to the sale.

The local authority notes that the MUGA “has not been used for over four years due to its condition”.

It adds that a lack of demand for the facility, which was built in 2007, has come as a result of the arrival of a 3G pitch and MUGA in the grounds of the town’s schools.

The upcoming meeting comes more than a year after the asset was discussed by members of the council’s communities committee, who agreed in November 2019 that the 1.95 acres comprising the MUGA and surrounding land was no longer fit for purpose.

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