St Patrick’s High School FPs pictured after winning the Scottish Cup.

By Rory Murphy

The £1.65 million replacement for the Marinecraft sports centre at Levengrove in Dumbarton will still go ahead despite West Dunbartonshire Council losing out on a £500,000 grant to fund the project.

Councillors have been told the authority will proceed with the redevelopment of Posties Park regardless of the setback.

A report new report confirmed that the council are still in talks with SportScotland despite them having rejected their funding application.

It said: “SportScotland normally have a pot of about £5million per award period. They had 14 applications across Scotland for the money.  I met with them last month and expressed our disappointment.  They’re going to review their financial position. I am expecting more information in the next two weeks.

“We will then be discussing the matter with Iain Bain, pictured right,  of the greenspace department on moving the project forward.  Not getting the funding doesn’t mean that the project won’t go ahead.

“SportScotland are in a difficult position. There were a number of authorities and organisations who were successful.”

The project involves the development of an all-weather athletics facility, football park and changing rooms at Posties Park and will include of a six-lane running track for the three secondary schools in Dumbarton and Alexandria.

There will also be a replacement facility for the Marine Craft Gym.

The facility would be used by hundreds of school children during the school day and sports clubs, groups and members of the community will let the track through the letting system currently in place for the council’s other sports pitches and parks.

St Patrick’s FP’s connections with Posties Park go back to the 1950s,  but the pavilion developed cracks in the foundations causing structural damage.
The highly successful club, who have won the Scottish Amateur Cup a number of times, who also used The Common for a time, are calling for something to be done to allow them to return to playing on their home pitches.
The men who have gone before – St Patrick’s FPs who played their matches at Posties Park and on Dumbarton Common. Back row (left to right) Tony Hainey, Joe McIntyre, Junior Deigman, Barney Boyle, Alan Robinson, Willie Johnstone,Tiger Shaw, John Goldie, Buck Robinson. Front – Jack Neeson, John McQuillan, Tommy Casey, Stevie McGrogan, Frank McAtear and Geordie Rainey.

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