South Scotland

Dumfries and Newton Stewart football pitches planned

A council is considering allocating £500,000 towards building two new community-use artificial football pitches at local clubs.

The preferred sites are at Palmerston Park in Dumfries, the home of Queen of the South, and Newton Stewart FC's ground Blairmount Park.

Three new third-generation (3G) pitches have already been built in Dumfries and Galloway.

Councillors will be asked next week to back building a further two.

It is hoped the facilities would receive match-funding from Sport Scotland.

Both clubs have said the new all-weather facilities would be a major boost for sport in their areas.

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