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Cumbernauld benefits from Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 23:52 GMT on Monday, June 10th, 2013.

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A NORTH Lanarkshire Council Learning and Leisure Services report from 6 June has said that three Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund projects have been deemed “successful”.

The report notes: “The purpose of this report is to advise Committee as to the successful outcome of three North Lanarkshire bids to the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund. “

The Legacy 2014 Active Place Fund supports the Scottish Government's legacy ambitions to encourage more people to be active and take part in sport. 

The council report outlines the main description of the Legacy Fund: “The fund promotes this message by providing funding for capital projects which create or improve places in local communities where people can go to get active. Grants of between f 10,000 and f 100,000 are available for a very wide range of community led projects such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates. Projects need to demonstrate that they will make a difference in terms of impact and physical activity or sports participation.” 

According to the report three North Lanarkshire Council bids were taken forward and were deemed to have been “successful”, according to the public document. 


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Two of the three projects made possible through the fund were undertaken in Cumbernauld, with the first of the two Cumbernauld projects including the Broom Road pitch upgrade, which was awarded £18,000. 

Discussing the Broom Road pitch upgrade, the report writes: “The Play Services team based within Culture NL Limited has for some time been working in association with Abronhill Regeneration Forum on the upgrading of a play area at Broom Road, Cumbernauld which has been developed as a natural play area to complement the major play facility at Moss Road which was built by Abronhill Regeneration Forum some years ago (2006). 

“This associated pitch upgrade development will upgrade the ash kick about area in keeping with the natural play area and will provide a green Synthetic pitch to provide a hard wearing play facility.”

The second project to have been awarded funding was ‘The Coliseum’, which was awarded £100,000.

Discussing the project, the Learning and Leisure Services report reads: “As outlined in the report considered by the Learning and Leisure Services Committee at its meeting on 6th February 2013, the proposed BMX track with the working title of “The Coliseum”, will be a national standard facility located on a site within the curtilage of the exiting Broadwood Stadium complex in Cumbernauld. This project has been built up on the basis of sound partnership working, from concept through to design and proposed operation. Partners from a range of organisations have been and will continue to be involved in its development. Officers of North Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Leisure Limited have been working with Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club for over a year to build on the successful growth of the Olympic sport of BMX racing in the area. Centurions is a well organised and successful club with increasing membership levels.”

According to the council report, partners involved with ‘The Coliseum’ project include North Lanarkshire Council, Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club, North Lanarkshire Leisure Limited, and Sportscotland, with an application to support the project now submitted to WREN.


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