Water-based pitch in Renfrewshire? Have your say!

At present the only hockey facility in Renfrewshire is at LinwoodSports Centre and as you know, the pitch is in poor condition .

Renfrewshire Council have had consultations regarding playing fields strategy and recognises the need for a low water-based hockey pitch as a priority.

However, the Council have no plans to provide or fund a hockey facility and plan to replace the Linwood pitch and a new astro at Johnstone High, with astro fit for football only.

Once Linwood closes around 2010 for redevelopment, hockey will effectively excluded as a sport in Renfrewshire

This goes against all Council policies providing facilities for all (not just football).

Renfrewshire Council intend to spend £40m on sports facilities in Renfrewshire and will not support or fund one hockey facility which is a disgrace.

There are a series of Consultation meetings regarding the above:

  • Renfrew & Gallowhill - Tuesday 22/9/09 - 7:00 - Renfrew Leisure Centre ( Gerry & Harry to attend )
  • Paisley North - Thursday 24/9/09 - 7:00 - Paisley Town Hall
  • Paisley South -  Wednesday 30/9/09 - 7:00 - Gleniffer High School
  • Johnstone & Villages -  Thursday 1/10/09 - 7:00 -Johnstone Town Hall       ( Duncan to attend )
  • Houston, Crosslee. Linwood, Erskine - Monday  5/10/09 - 7:00 - Park Mains High School

At present we are working with the SHU to try and find a resolution, but we must be heard at these meetings.

Unfortunately I am on holiday next week and will miss the first two.

If you are available, please attend and voice your opinion on behalf of our sport.