United in support for hub on our home turf

Signing of documents to hand over Newtown Park, home of Bo'ness Utd.
Signing of documents to hand over Newtown Park, home of Bo'ness Utd.

Plans to turn Newtown Park into a facility for all the community to use took a step forward this week, as councillors signed over the ground to the new trustees.

When Bo’ness became part of Falkirk District Council’s area in 1975, the town’s outgoing Provost, Charlie Snedden, moved to protect Newtown Park by putting it into the authority’s control.

In recent years, some locals felt that the park was not being used to its full potential.

Provost Pat Reid, of Falkirk Council, said: “A few years ago, we were contacted by Robert Snedden about the possibility of forming a trust to take over the park, not just for the football club but to ensure the park was used by the wider community.

“There were a lot of legal processes to go through but this week we were able to sign it over to the new committee.”

Robert Snedden, of the Newtown Park Association, said: “This is another step forward in a long and winding road. It’s taken two years to get to this point.

“When this journey ends, as far as the transfer is concerned, another journey will begin as we look at developing it into a multi-use facility.

“It’s not just going to be for football; we’re hoping it will be a place for OAP groups to meet and a place for youngsters to play different sports.

“It will still be used by United but it’s a huge facility.

“It will hopefully become a community hub, which Bo’ness is crying out for.”