Denny SNP Councillor John McNally has described the news that Falkirk Council have delayed again the programme of synthetic pitch installation as “another slap in the face for the people of Falkirk district from this incompetent Labour / Tory coalition.”
In 2008 the SNP proposed the investment of £100,000 of council money in three joint projects with Falkirk district’s three junior football clubs, Bo’ness United, Dunipace and Camelon to allow these clubs to become “Community Clubs.”
By pump priming bids hundeds of thousands of pounds could be drawn down to convert the grass surfaces in these grounds to the top of the range synthetic surfaces that would allow community access at any time.
The SNP had been involved in a similar joint venture with Stenhousemuir Football Club that has seen continued usage of Ochilview Park by community groups seven days a week.
Despite the support of the Scottish Government for the project Labour and the Tories said no and instead proposed to build six public synthetic pitches across Falkirk district. Indeed Councillors were told that discussions had already taken place with Sportscotland.
Now three years down the line Councillors have been informed at the council’s Policy and Resources Committee that the 2nd phase bid which was due to be submitted to Sportscotland in August 2011 has yet to be prepared and as a consequence no pitches will be installed this side of next May’s election.
SNP Leisure spokesperson, Cllr John McNally said,
“Craig Martin and his colleagues should travel to each community that had been promised a new synthetic pitch and personally apologise.
His administration has either misled the people of this district or they are just incompetent.
By contrast when the SNP were in power we built four new high schools with state of the art sports facilities available to the general public at realistic prices. We had the joint ventures with Falkirk and Stenhousemuir Football Clubs, turned Grangemouth Stadium into an international class athetics venue and upgraded the likes of the Mariner Centre and Bo’ness Recreation Centre .
The current administration have become a by-word for broken promises, failed initiatives and stagnation.
If the SNP are returned to power next May then the cobwebs will be blown away and sport and leisure will be afforded it’s true place within the community.”