Strong support for Dundee gymnastic club’s decision to appeal to council

Members of the club had been hoping to move to new premises.

A Dundee gymnastics school has gathered strong local support ahead of an appeal against the city council’s decision to turn down a relocation bid.

Salto Gymnastics and Trampoline Club had hoped to create a new base at the Faraday Business Centre at Dryburgh Industrial Estate.

However, council planners turned the bid down as they said the club’s plan didn’t align with the local development policy.

The club is set to have its appeal heard at a meeting of the council’s local review body tomorrow and has been gathering support from local people and organisations.

Alison Burnett, principal teacher of physics at Baldragon Academy, said she “wholeheartedly” supported the application.

Local community police officer PC Scott Menmuir wrote in support of the application, saying: “It would be an asset not just to the Ardler area but for children and young people in the wider Dundee community.”

Faraday Business Centre

Laura Doyle, a disability gymnastics coach with the club, said a new facility was essential to realise the club’s potential.

She said: “Currently we hold our class in Ballumbie Primary School which, don’t get me wrong, serves its purpose but the scope for progression for these children is limited.”

She added that, if “proper” equipment such as a sprung-floor surface and bedded trampolines were installed, the facilities would be safer and more accessible.

Former club coach Jacqui Finnegan, backing the appeal, said: “I believe Salto Gymnastics to be a forward moving proactive club that enhances the area and I am sure within the community we may find Commonwealth athletes of the future.”

The trustees of the club consider the Faraday site the “only viable option” for a new location.

However, in refusing the initial application, planning bosses said they had failed to demonstrate why an alternative site could not be used.

Head of planning Gregor Hamilton said: “There are no material considerations of sufficient weight to justify approval of the application contrary to the plan.”