I support the redevelopment of Cliftonhill and the creation of a sports hub to support young people and promote sport in the local area.
If you've ever visited Cliftonhill, you'll know all about the condition that it's in and the need for redevelopment at the nearest possible opportunity. Some say it has "rustic charm" and "is one of the only REAL football ground left in Scotland" and I can't argue with that. But, as time goes on, and our humble abode is battered by the Scottish winter, we need to look forward. At the start of October Frank Meade - the outgoing Chairman of the club - said the following:
“We would like to have a sports hub here at a redeveloped Cliftonhill.
“There is enough ground to build a sports barn which would be a multi-purpose facility.
“If we turned the pitch around, we could get two of them in. There is also enough space for three or four five-a-side pitches.
“I would say a capacity of 1500 would be suitable for the club’s needs.
“There is a lot of unused ground here and you think what could be done with a bit of imagination.
“We estimate that a £3.5million cash injection from the various funding sources could see the delivery of a top-notch hub."
As someone who cares deeply about the club (and its fortunes) Frank's words provide a lot of encouragement. Not only would we be improving our home ground, but we would be providing the local community with a top class (and accessible) sports facility. As a direct result, this would support healthy (and active) living in the area. The benefits of that are numerous and can only have a positive effect on Coatbridge and its surrounding areas.
Local SNP councillor Fulton MacGregor is also behind the plans. In an interview with the Coatbridge & Airdrie Advertiser he emphasised the need for such a redevelopment:
“I think this type of hub would help both people in the community and the team."
So, aye, if you believe that this is something that should be brought forward - and you support the proposed redevelopment - pop your name on the petition. Every single signature counts. We want to send a message to this with power that there is enough support for a development and this is one way in which to do it.