A TEAM has been put together to progress a project to create a new leisure centre in Langholm.
The working group was established by the project team after a well-supported community meeting was held in the Buccleuch Centre in March.
The objective is to open a leisure centre based on the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill sports centre in Townfoot which closed at the end of February.
The working group will co-ordinate activities during the development phase of the project.
The group is working on a project execution plan which will be updated during the summer.
The Langholm Initiative is leading the activity during this development phase in collaboration with Ashleybank Investments Ltd, which currently owns the existing centre.
The working group members are Sian Blackburn, Colin Cox, Duncan Elliott, Philip Gunn, Stewart Pool, Campbell Scott, Maureen Smyth and Gordon Winter.
Campbell, who leads the working group, told the E&L Advertiser: “The project to develop Townfoot Leisure Centre can make progress only if it has the support of the Langholm community.
In the next few weeks we’ll create a detailed survey questionnaire which we hope to make available to everyone in the area in digital and hard copy versions.
“Responses to the survey will help us work out what type of leisure and recreational activities people want and how economically viable a sports centre will be.
“The results of the survey will be analysed and recommendations made on possible options for the development.
“We plan to publish an interim report this August followed by further discussions on the way forward for developing the centre as a community-led project.”
The working group would like to keep in touch with as many people as possible to keep them informed about the progress and plans.
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