Plans to build a £21 million regional sports centre in Dundee have been backed by the people of the city, according to an Evening Telegraph poll.
Dundee City Council is proposing the new facility on grassland in Caird Park, with a planning application due to be considered soon.
The plans have attracted some resistance in recent weeks, after a petition — which has gathered more than 1,000 signatures — was launched opposing the new facility.
Meanwhile, a public meeting is planned for Thursday to give people the chance to air their views and listen to the different stances being taken on the proposal.
It comes just days after Caird Park Golf Club members voted to oppose the centre, which will include a host of resources for a variety of sports.
An online poll run by the Tele with 1,180 responses showed that locals are overwhelmingly in favour of the new centre, with around 86% saying they want to see the facility built, and just 14% against it.
We also took to the city’s streets to see what the feeling was among the general public on the plans and the location. Work on the infrastructure needed for the centre has already begun.
William Fox, 61, a labourer from Hilltown, said: “The sports centre would be good for the area.
“I lived in Fintry for years and it would be a great thing for the people in that part of the city.”
Norrie McDicken, 56, a hairdresser from the West End, said: “I can understand why people are opposed to the plans because of the environmental impact on the area.
“But the location is pretty central and would be easy to get to.”
Emma Donaldson, 38, an accountant from the West End, said: “I understand there are other areas in the city where they could build the centre, but I feel it would be much more convenient for the vast majority of people.”
Debbie Clark, 39, a student from Coldside, said: “Having something in that area would definitely benefit those living in the likes of Whitfield and Fintry.
“But the park was gifted to the people of Dundee, so it would be interesting to know if the council can actually build on it.”
Elizabeth Doran, 57, a retired administrator from Maryfield, said: “I am in favour of the centre but as long as it is for the whole of Dundee.
“It shouldn’t be for a select few to use. The centre should be available for all to use — especially kids.”
Stephen Edwards, 61, a retired engineer from Dryburgh, said: “Anything this positive should be welcomed with open arms.
“I’m all in favour of it being built in the park as long as it doesn’t encroach on the existing amenities.”
Roy Wallace, 62, an offshore worker from Auchterhouse said: “There should be more things like this in that area of Dundee.”
Linda Field, 65, a retired domestic assistant from Stobswell, said: “Where it’s built doesn’t bother me.
“I think it should definitely be built though.”
The public meeting will take place at the Kemback Centre on Thursday at 6.30pm.
It has been organised by Jim Malone from Mill o’ Mains who said: “Views, be they about the cost, the environmental impact or the location, have been taken by several different groups in the city.
“This public meeting is an attempt to bring structure to the discussion.
“The aim is to give the public the chance to hear all sides of the debate.
“Councillors have also been invited to take in what will be said.”