Community Purchase Lockerbie Squash Club From Council for £1

Lockerbie Squash Club has been sold to the local community in a  Community Asset Transfers (CAT), it was agreed during a meeting of the Finance, Procurement and Transformation Committee on the 8th of November.

Dumfries and Galloway Council Members discussed the 11,500 square metre site on the outskirts of Lockerbie and agreed to progress with the CAT, for the fee of £1 payable to the Council. The club is located on alienable Common Good land on Glasgow Road in Lockerbie.

Members agreed that the social value of having an all-year-round sports facility situated close to Lockerbie Academy and Lockerbie Ice Rink was of great community benefit and were impressed by the Club’s drive to become greener and more sustainable.

Chair of the Finance, Procurement and Transformation Committee, Cllr Carolyne Wilson said of the transfers:

“I’m delighted the committee has agreed to progress these transfers. Our Council is committed to empowering communities and in agreeing these asset transfers, we are doing just that. All three organisations presented strong business cases and demonstrated their drive and commitment to using the properties for the benefit of local communities.”

Vice Chair, Cllr Dougie Campbell commented:

“For the last five years this Council has had a robust community asset transfer in place and today’s agreed reports are a real sign of how effective this strategy is. I was particularly impressed with Lockerbie Squash and Racketball Club considering environmental sustainability as part of their business plan. It’s vital that more businesses do this moving forward.”

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