Pitch hopes dashed as gates are locked

The Oban Times - - News -

THE GATES to a much used as­tro pitch have been pad­locked, dash­ing the hopes of lo­cal peo­ple cam­paign­ing to save it.

Res­i­dents from Up­per Ach­in­tore started an on­line cam­paign to pro­tect the lo­cal as­tro, as re­ported in The Oban

Times last week. The pe­ti­tion had been gath­er­ing mo­men­tum and cur­rently has more than 400 sig­na­tures with those con­cerned hop­ing to ar­range a meeting, with the lo­cal author­ity to share their views.

But ac­cess was com­pletely re­stricted just be­fore the week­end by the coun­cil, which cited safety fears.

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son said: ‘Our Community Ser­vices and Vol­un­tary Ac­tion Lochaber will be car­ry­ing out a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion sur­vey on play pro­vi­sion in Up­per Ach­in­tore be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days. The sur­vey will in­clude the for­mer Up­per Ach­in­tore Pri­mary School as­tro-turf pitch at which we have had to pre­vent pub­lic ac­cess as it has been de­clared ‘not fit for pur­pose’ in a rou­tine safety in­spec­tion. For pub­lic safety, we have had to lock the gates and erect ‘no en­try’ signs at the pitch.’

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