Councillor Alastair Majury on Judy Says Park of Keir Will Open Next Summer
Whilst Stirling Council and the developer have been unable to agree the conditions as set by the Scottish Government Minister, and have required multiple extensions, Judy Murray has said that Park of Keir will open in the Summer or Autumn of 2020 in a recent podcast.
In this interview Mrs Murray also indicated some additional changes to the £37 million proposal between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan — which include a sports complex featuring a tennis centre, golf academy, 15-bedroom hotel and Murray brothers’ museum plus 19 luxury homes. Indicating that the facility will have a golf driving range and a Tag Activity Centre, and also crazy golf, soft play, a monster hitting wall and two 5 a side football pitches. As well as the legacy aspect in the interview Mrs Murray said that she wants to make both golf and tennis cheap and accessible.
The SNP’s Kevin Stewart MSP granted conditional approval to the facility over two years in August 2017, despite locally prompting more than 1000 objections at planning application stage, Stirling Council rejecting the development, and the Reporter after a public enquiry recommending rejection. In March 2018 Stirling Council approved Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Douglas Dodd’s motion calling for transparency on the discussions between the council and the developers but the local communities have been kept in the dark.
Recently Stephen Kerr when he was the local MP, Alexander Stewart MBE MSP, and Councillor Alastair Majury wrote to Kevin Stewart MSP requesting that he reconsider his conditional approval and listen to what the local communities want.
The planning obligation is expected to commit the developer to making contributions to affordable housing and education provision in the area, in line with the council’s supplementary guidance; include an agreement that no further residential development will be undertaken on the site; and set out arrangements to ensure that the sports facilities are accessible to the general public and with a pricing structure that ensures the facilities are affordable.
Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Sir Andy Murray and his brother Jamie Murray OBE are a credit to Dunblane and do deserve a local legacy, however Park of Keir is simply the wrong position. The Keir roundabout is already beyond capacity and simply can’t handle the volume of traffic required to make this facility sustainable. I would again urge the SNP to take onboard the Reporter’s recommendation to reject, and local opinion and hence withdraw the conditional approval.”
Judy Murray | The Racquet Magazine Podcast on acast
The delightful tennis matriarch talks about why there aren't more female coaches, raising funny sons, and her efforts…
Relevant part of the interview is about 41 minutes in.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Principal Consultant and a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.