Plans for a BMX track and a new school block

A new BMX / mountain bike track and five-a-side football pitch at Newton Stewart’s Douglas Park is primed to get planning approval.

Newton Stewart Initiative have applied for permission to build a combined bike track with a start gate, four lanes, three hairpin bends and a variety of bumps, jumps and berms.

The track will have a durable all-weather sealed tarmac surface with concrete at the start hill. A one metre high soft nylon mesh fence will separate the track for the rest of the park.

The existing full-sized football pitch will be reduced to 50m x 30m to become suitable for a seven-a-side games after being levelled, re-graded and re-turfed / re-seeded as necessary.

New play equipment will also be installed if planning permission is given with the introduction of and aero whirl. a 35-metre aero glide, a junior basket swing, two bench seats and two children’s picnic tables.

The play area will be protected by a one-metre high timber fence.

A gravel car park for 10 cars will also be created.

The application is recommended for approval despite 18 objections. Residents of Ghyll Crescent in particular have objected on the grounds that a BMX track would cause “to much noise and disturbance from young people gathering there” and the track is “too close to residential properties” and that such facilities “encourage unruly elements, particularly at night”.

The residents also feel a BMX track would “fundamentally alter the historic intended use of Douglas Park which was for the enjoyment of younger children, predominately local children”.

Anther application set to get the thumbs up is the new music and drama facility at the Douglas Ewart High School.

That planning application will also see the old dining hall and kitchen block demolished and replaced with a new larger building to accommodate music, drama and dance facilities which include toilets, changing rooms and a reception area.