IT ’ S ALL KICKED FF Coun­cil de­lay on £1 deal for hall

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Leona Greenan

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

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