Perth and Kinross councillor 'pitches' suggestion for a future use for Bell's Sports Centre

A councillor has suggested Bell's Sports Centre's sports hall be transformed into an artificial pitch.

Pitching the idea to fellow elected members, Cllr Frank Smith said he was "really disappointed" to see the leisure services removed from a building that has been at the heart of Perth for generations.

On Wednesday, May 15 councillors unanimously - but with heavy hearts - agreed to Live Active Leisure's request to remove its leisure facilities from Bell's Sports Centres by August 31, 2024.

Almond and Earn councillor Frank Smith told councillors he hoped an "innovative" alternative could be found for the venue and that they could "make Perth back to what it was".

The Conservative councillor said: "I think - like a lot of people in here - we'll be really disappointed when we lose Bell's Sports Centre because it really is part of Perth.

"I have used it on many occasions."

Pitching his suggestion for an alternative use for the venue, he told councillors: "I have been away recently with walking football teams to Glasgow. And the facilities through there are fantastic.

"I hope that in the future maybe we could convert the hall into an artificial pitch - the whole area - which would allow winter and summer availability for people to play their games.

"Look at McDiarmid Park and the North Inch Campus, they are booming when it comes to these artificial pitches. I just hope in the future they look towards things like this - innovative movements - and we can make Perth back to what it was."