Home Park facelift proposal takes shape

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Better community use could be made of Coldstream’s Home Park if drainage issues were resolved and the park re-organised.

That was the view shared by representatives of groups at a meeting held to discuss a proposal to move and improve the children’s play area .

Since Coldstream Football Club received the go-ahead to erect a perimeter fence around the pitch at the top of the park, there has some been concern that football would be the only activity taking part in the community-owned park.

However, at a recent meeting organised by Coldstream & District Community Council, representatives of the Coldstream Outdoor Play Project put forward a request for the children’s play area, currently tucked away in a corner with no access path, to be moved.

Coldstream Football Club and Coldstream Amateurs were also round the table and all agreed to look at re-organising the remaining available space.

The idea involves reducing the size of the practice pitch; turning the Ammies’ match pitch so that it runs in the same direction as the practice pitch rather than across the park as it does just now; and the moving the children’s play area beside the community centre entrance to the park.

The ‘Ammies’ plan to put up portable units with shower and changing facilities behind the Courthouse car park toilets because by next summer SFA rules mean they will no longer be able to share changing facilities at the Coldstream Football Club pavilion.

The next step is for a meeting to be organised with Scottish Borders Council officers to discuss the park’s drainage problem. After that a draft plan will be drawn up and members of the public will be asked for their views.

“There is evidence that members of the public consider that the park, as an open space, is dominated by one sport (football) and that other recreational activities are secondary considerations,” said Coldstream and District Community Council chairman, Martin Brims. “This plan will hopefully change that perception and lead to better community use of the park.”

Coldstream Outdoor Play Project leaders were delighted at the proposals, Karen Kennan describing them as “better than anything they could have hoped for”.