Council could sue over 3G pitch problems

An elected member of the Wigtown Area Committee said that Dumfries and Galloway Council should consider litigation over a new pitch.

The comments were made at a meeting on Wednesday if the problem-riddled 3G pitch at Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart, is found to be “not fit for purpose” after tests.

As reported in last week’s Galloway Gazette, the flooding problems that have dogged the pitch and led to the cancellation of football matches, have apparently resolved themselves after a hard frost and thaw. But elected members urged council officers to continue their investigations into the issue, seemingly unique in 3G pitches, as the flooding might return in the future.

Council Facilities Manager Karen Brownlie said that the local authority were still waiting for the results of tests done by an independent experts Lab Sport, who removed a portion of the multi-layer surface last week to take to their laboratories in Nottingham for analysis.

Mid Galloway councillor Jim McColm, who confirmed the pitch was in working order despite the wintry conditions last weekend said the council had to find out why the flooding happened and if it was like to reoccur. He added that the unless the issue was resolved the £500,000 facility, which was installed in the summer of 2013, would loose its customer base.

Fellow Mid Galloway Councillor Alistair Geddes added: “We can’t depend on the use of this facility on a hard frost. If this facility is not fit for purpose then we get onto those responsible to give us something that is. If all else fails, we should not rule out going down the road of litigation?”

Since last October Newton Stewart FC have been responsible for maintenance.