Pitches move closer to goal

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Plans to bring synthetic sports pitches to towns in the Falkirk area moved a step closer this week thanks to the backing of the local authority.

At a meeting of Falkirk Council’s executive committee on Tuesday members heard a report on the long awaited developments for Denny and Bo’ness and the two associated bids to sportscotland for funding from Dunipace Juniors FC and Newton Park.

It was agreed the council should get on board with the projects and submit joint applications with both Dunipace Juniors and Newton Park, provide £360,000 of funding for each pitch and attempt to gain additional money from sportscotland.

Councillor David Alexander said: “The need for these facilities has intensified within these communities – a synthetic pitch would make a huge difference to them.

“This is the best opportunity yet to get additional funding – it’s the only game in town so we have to play it and hope it is brought to a successful conclusion as we have waited for a very long time for this.”