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A Craigneuk coun­cil­lor has thrown her weight be­hind calls to stop pro­posed changes to ath­let­ics pro­vi­sion at Raven­scraig in their tracks.

Agnes Magowan says she has re­ceived nu­mer­ous calls, emails and vis­its from con­cerned users and par­ents who are lob­by­ing against pro­pos­als to “down­grade” the ath­let­ics area by tak­ing away the long jump and throw­ing ar­eas.

Track lanes are also pro­posed to be re­duced in to three lanes that are 40 me­tres long.

“Young peo­ple in Nor th La­nark­shire must have their choice of the full range of sports,” she said.

“Our young and up and com­ing ath­letes will have nowhere suit­able to train in the win­ter months.

“We have a long his­tory in North La­nark­shire of suc­cess in ath­let­ics and I feel it would be a ret­ro­grade step for ath­let­ics fa­cil­i­ties to be down­graded es­pe­cially in such a show­case fa­cil­ity as Raven­scraig.”

Coun­cil­lor Magowan also feels any change would go against the coun­cil’s aims to pro­mote healthy liv­ing and ex­er­cise from a young age.

She said: “One of the ma­jor agen­das in North La­nark­shire is health and tack­ling obe­sity. Hun­dreds of young peo­ple of all ages at­tend the ath­let­ics clubs, even more since the Com­mon­wealth Games and this year we are go­ing to be host­ing some of the events at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

“Young peo­ple in Nor th La­nark­shire must be given the chance to take part fully in the sport of their choice us­ing the best fa­cil­i­ties pos­si­ble. I am an ad­vo­cate of all sports and some should not be de­vel­oped to the detri­ment of an­other.

“There must be se­ri­ous dis­cus­sion with the ath­let­ics clubs and coaches and the other sports which train at Raven­scraig to en­sure that the train­ing needs of all sports are met.

“Per­ma­nent changes which cur­tail ath­let­ics train­ing must not be con­sid­ered!

Emma Walker, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of North La­nark­shire Leisure, said a full con­sul­ta­tion cur­rently tak­ing place with all rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers will de­ter­mine the fu­ture dis­tri­bu­tion of space in the ath­let­ics hall.

She said: “The con­sul­ta­tion will give ath­let­ics clubs and all other users of the space the op­por­tu­nity to for­mally make their views known be­fore any de­ci­sions are made.

“We will also con­sult with bod­ies in­clud­ing Scot­tish Ath­let­ics and sports­cot­land. The re­port from that con­sul­ta­tion will be pre­sented to the board to in­form de­ci­sions about the space al­lo­ca­tion at Raven­scraig.”

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