South Scotland

Dumfries football pitch plans back on table

Image caption Three potential sites have been identified to locate a 3G pitch in Dumfries

Plans to develop a full-size artificial sports pitch in Dumfries are back on the table despite the withdrawal of a major funding partner.

Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected a bid to site the facility at the Crichton estate in the town.

Three alternative venues have now been put forward.

Dumfries and Galloway College, which had been set to part-finance the original plan, has opted to develop a smaller facility in its own grounds.

The council is one of only four local authorities in Scotland without a full size third generation - or 3G - sports surface.

The option of establishing a synthetic facility within the Crichton estate in Dumfries has been ruled out but three other potential venues in the town have now been put forward.

The project costs range from £525,000 to a little more than £660,000.

The preferred option is the King George V complex which is already staffed by the council and has changing facilities.

However, this would be the most expensive of the three possible developments.

The mid-price option is to develop a 3G pitch at Maxwelltown High School, while the cheapest solution would be to construct a new synthetic surface within the grounds of St Joseph's College.

A report detailing the options is going to the council's resources committee with a recommendation to agree in principle to take the project forward and select a site.

Councillors will also be asked to approve the development of a funding bid to the authority's capital programme.

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