We met in March with representatives of the Hillfield Swifts Football Club to discuss the club’s intention to join the East of Scotland Football Association and league. At the meeting, a number of prerequisites for joining the league were set out and dialogue is ongoing to help ensure the facilities at Ballast Bank meet these requirements while also ensuring changes do not impact on other users of the site, particularly the Highland Games. In order to join the league, the clubs needs to see improvements to the pitch condition and maintenance regime, installation of a pitch barrier, technical area, and assured access for match fixtures. The club would carry out these improvements at their own cost and it is viewed as a win-win, with improved facilities and reduced maintenance costs for the council. We have made clear that no changes should impact negatively on other users and we do not believe this will be the case.