Hallglen Sports Centre could close

Councillor Gerry Goldie says the centre hasn't been well supported by the local community
Councillor Gerry Goldie says the centre hasn't been well supported by the local community

A rural village could be left without a community asset following the announcement their sports centre is under the threat of closure.

Hallglen Sports Centre staff have been told the facility could be closing at the start of the new financial year and groups have been told they will need to find alternative accommodation.

The closure proposal is a shock to the community, with the village left with only the Ettrick Dochart Centre.

Tracy Fulton, a childminder from Hallglen, said the move was a low blow from Falkirk Community Trust, the organisation that manages the centre.

Tracy, who runs a childminding group from the centre, said: “Hallglen needs it’s sports centre, it is a really well used facility and vital for the children and young people in the village.

“This leaves us with just the Ettrick Dochart Centre which has expensive rates and is going to be really difficult to get a regular slot in now so many groups have to squeeze in.”

The news comes as the Trust also announced that Grangemouth Town Hall could also shut as part of their money saving proposal to meet tight budget constraints.

Local member Councillor Gerry Goldie said the sports centre had been under threat for some time and due to lack of support from the council, the closure now looks likely.

He added: “It’s not well used by the community. We asked for more support from the Trust a number of years ago and things like an upgraded gym were added, but it’s not been successful and the sport centre isn’t busy.

“It will be a shame if it closes, but it is understandable if it’s not getting the numbers through the doors.”