AN ARBROATH sports centre is to receive a significant sum from Angus Council for renewing its facilities.
The Saltire Sports Centre on Montrose Road will receive £80,000 from the Recreation Repairs and Renewal Fund.
The fund consists of £168,000 ring-fenced by Angus Council for the provision and maintenance of sports facilities, making the Saltire grant the largest single expenditure.
The money will be used to upgrade and replace equipment in the Saltire fitness suite, while another £52,000 from the fund will be used to upgrade more general equipment like floor matting and gymnastic equipment.
In his report, director of neighbourhood services Ron Ashton said: “If we do not continue to invest in improvements to the facilities, the risk is that user numbers and memberships may decline.
“It is essential that a structured plan for investment for leisure services is sustained and reviewed to allow for continuous improvement into the leisure provision across Angus.”
The Saltire Centre is currently home to the sports department of Angus College, and the improved facilities will also benefit them.
SNP councillor Donald Morrison said: “It’s a good news story for Arbroath and statistics show that more people are making use of them.
“If there is wear and tear then that must show they are being well used and I would encourage more people to use them.
“I think it’s important the equipment is regularly replaced now that more people are using the centres.”