ELECTRICITY and water supply have been cut to a football ground pavilion in Thurso for “health and safety reasons”, according to the Highland Council.
He also claimed there were a number of issues with the installation of Sir George’s Park – known as Dammies – and said Thurso Football Club had been informed of the decision before supplies were released. are disconnected. The club said they had no advance warning.
The clubhouse – leased to the council for a period of 25 years – is licensed and hosted various functions, including small private parties, and was a source of revenue for the club. Other football teams also use the premises and the loss of electricity and water last summer impacted them all.
There was a problem with the showers in the nearby changing rooms and checks were carried out on the water supply. It was then that the local authorities discovered the unmetered connection for the pavilion’s water and electricity – supplied by the changing rooms – and cut them off.
A Highland Council spokeswoman said: “Following the identification of a number of issues relating to the pitchside premises of Thurso Football Club at Sir Georges Park in Thurso, we can confirm that for reasons of health and safety, and following the instructions of Scottish Water, both electric and water supplies have been disconnected from pitchside premises operated by the club.The board has informed the club of its intentions before disconnecting the The problems mentioned are the unauthorized connections in place to the various public services.
“A separate building owned by Highland Council in Sir George’s Park – the changing lodge which is not pitch-side – is operated by High Life Highland. Power supplies remain in place in these premises.”
She added: “The board and High Life Highland have had regular discussions with the club. The board will continue to engage with the club and understand the club’s proposals for establishing appropriate electricity, water and sewer for its premises.”
The spokeswoman said the council was undertaking inquiries to “establish the position of the lease of the area in question”.
The issue was raised at Thurso’s last community council meeting when club chairman Ewan Scott and vice-chairman Gary Leonard explained what had happened.
Mr Leonard said: “There are flaws on both sides, but we are trying to resolve this issue for everyone using the clubhouse. We all need to act quickly to resolve this issue for the benefit of the clubs and the community at large. broad and we are ready to do our part.”
Mr Scott said efforts were being made to resolve the issues and he hopes the facility will be available when the new football season begins in August.
He pointed out that the club was “taking a financial hit” as charity events held on the site could not be held without electricity and water.
“We are trying to reconnect and are happy to work with the council so we know where we are but communication has been very poor and Covid has not helped. We want to improve the lodge but we cannot do that. without electricity or water,” Mr. Scott added.