Bonfire fear for new pitch

Members of Cree Valley Community Council are concerned about the proximity of next month’s bonfire to the new £500,000 3G pitch at Blairmount Park.

Newton Stewart Rotary Club had received permission to have its annual charity bonfire on November 9, but it could be a hazard as sparks or fireworks might damage the synthetic surface of the multi-purpose new pitch.

Mid Galloway Councillor Jim McColm suggested the school playing fields across the road would be better and inquired if the location was “a done deal”, while Councillor Alistair Geddes urged the community council to find out if a “proper risk assessment had been done”.

A Rotary spokesman said on Wednesday: “The 3G pitch has been our primary concern when planning this year’s event.

“A full assessment was made in the planning process and we are quite happy there is minimal risk to the pitch.

“On the night a careful eye will be kept on the ground and Dumfries and Galloway Council has been consulted about the re-siting of the event and its community customer ser­vices manager has approved the new location.

“It is normal process that a risk assessment is carried out when we make our licence 
application.”