Sailing school talks could offer respite

080513 Queensferry high school leisure centre.
080513 Queensferry high school leisure centre.
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HOPES are high that the closure-threatened Port Edgar Sailing School will continue to operate beyond October this year.

As revealed last week, Edinburgh Leisure (EL), who run the facility, look to shut the facility due to financial constraints.

But a week on, and after talks between Edinburgh West MSP Colin Keir and EL bosses, the sailing schools future looks more promising.

MSP Keir said EL will work with prospective clients to safeguard the sailing facility’s future. And with over 14,000 users annually, figures reveal it should remain open.

MSP Keir said: “We have a five month timescale before closure. EL say they will evaluate its assets at the base and look at business plans put forward by prospective parties. The main thing is that the sailing school remains in Queensferry.”

Meanwhile, Queensferry received a boost this week with news that existing sports facilities within the town are to be upgraded.

The Queensferry High School Recreation Centre is to receive a £150,000 investment in a bid to lure the local more users the facility outwith school hours.

Councillor Paul Godzik, the city council’s convener for education, children and families, said: “This major investment in sporting facilities is great news for the school and the people of Queensferry. We will work with our partner Edinburgh Leisure to ensure that pupils and the public can get the maximum benefit from the upgrade.”