South Scotland

Scottish Borders Council unveils sporting targets

Swimming pool
Image caption Swimming pool provision may have to change according to the report by consultants

Proposals for the future of sports facilities across the region have been unveiled by Scottish Borders Council.

The authority commissioned a study by consultants Kit Campbell Associates which suggests that continuing with current provision is unsustainable.

Among the suggestions is the creation of a regional sports centre, probably located at Netherdale in Galashiels.

The report also includes proposals to upgrade some swimming pools but closure is possible at other locations.

Tony Taylor, chairman of the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, said the future of sport provision in the area was bright but decisions needed to be made soon.

A six-week consultation process on the proposals is now under way to seek public input into the plans.

The full report suggests the regional sports centre could include athletics, cricket and tennis facilities.

The development of a network of 3G pitches for football and rugby has also been suggested.

In addition, the creation of a second closed circuit for cycling in partnership with Scottish Cycling is also being considered.

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