IT ’ S ALL KICKED FF Council delay on £1 deal for hall
Members of Blantyre Soccer Academy have been left “perplexed and bewildered” after their plans to take over a former community hall were put on hold.
The Academy sought to purchase the dormant Rowans Hall in Blantyre from South Lanarkshire Council for £1 in an asset transfer fund.
However, last week councillors could not agree to the terms of the deal and halted the move.
Academy chairman Jimmy Whelan told the Advertiser this week: “This is a huge blow to us as we thought we were moving forward.
“Perplexed and bewildered is an understatement.”
The plan had been backed by Councillor Maureen Chalmers and Blantyre MSP Clare Haughey.
South Lanarkshire Council said that additional information had been requested from councillors on the housing and technical resources committee before they reached a decision on the asset transfer . Blantyre Soccer Academy run teams from age four and up including their own disability squad, amateurs and girls’ teams and provide football training for hundreds of children across various facilities.
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Main players BSA’S Lisa Mallin, Jimmy Whelan, mascot Soccy, Kevin O’neil and Linda Riddoch