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SNP Government agency considers closing national water sports centre
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SNP Government agency considers closing national water sports centre

Sportscotland have flagged up the closure of the decades-old facility at Cumbrae

Scottish newspaper The Herald reports that the Cumbrae Centre is set for possible closure.

A Government agency is considering shutting the country’s national water sports centre due to “unsustainable” costs, according to a leaked presentation.

Sportscotland flagged up the closure of the decades-old facility at Cumbrae following a review and a decision is believed to be imminent. Staff have been told to turn down bookings.

Scottish Tory MSP Brian Whittle said: “This facility is run by an SNP government agency – it’s their responsibility to make a success of this. It’s simply not good enough to leave this axe dangling over the heads of staff.”

Sportscotland’s role is to invest in the organisations and people who deliver sport and physical activity. It promotes an active Scotland and celebrates the benefits of sport north of the Border.

A trust company owned by sportscotland also oversees three national centres – Glenmore Lodge, Inverclyde and Cumbrae – which offer opportunities to participate in various sports.

Cumbrae, an island whose sole town Millport has been a favoured retreat for generations of people from the west of Scotland, provides a range of activities including yachting, dinghy sailing, paddlesports, windsurfing and powerboating.

However, a presentation to staff last month about a review of Cumbrae revealed that the centre is at risk.

The update, obtained by The Herald, highlighted its “high cost profile”, as well as the “changing needs” of the sector.

In the “initial options” sections, the status quo was “ruled” out by the Trust board. Reforms included redeveloping the existing site, relocation, closure, or the development of an alternative.

The summary stated that the centre was set up to service the sector 40 years ago and that the island location is “less desirable”.

It added that people want access to activities in “close proximity” and claimed the cost profile is “unsustainable”.

In the “closure – what if?” section, sportscotland noted that staff would be informed following a formal decision.

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