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Financial doubts over Lockerbie pool plans

12 January 10 00:34 GMT

Council support for swimming pool plans in a south of Scotland town looks set to be ruled out on financial grounds.

It has been estimated the facility in Lockerbie could cost about £3m - with Dumfries and Galloway Council having to find about two thirds of the sum.

A report to councillors has advised them not to back the scheme due to "operational and financial challenges".

The Lockerbie Leisure Trust said the recommendation to the council's resources committee was disappointing.

The trust has raised about £400,000 towards the project which has been a community target for many years.

However, council officers said the opportunities to attract other sources of funding for the scheme were limited.

They have warned that could leave DGC to find about £2.1m towards building costs and another £150,000-a-year to help run the facility.

Operations manager Richard Grieveson said that if the council decided to fund the project it could result in a reduction of leisure and sport provision elsewhere in the region.

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