MSP helps boxing club knock-out water firm

Michael McMahon MSP pays a visit to Newarthill ABC
Michael McMahon MSP pays a visit to Newarthill ABC

The future of Newarthill Amateur Boxing Club is more secure after Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon helped get a Scottish Water bill of almost £4,000 lifted.

The club asked Mr McMahon for help when they received the demand from the firm’s commercial properties arm Business Stream, which he challenged believing it was served in error.

This proved to be the case and the bill was cancelled.

Mr McMahon said: “Newarthill ABC does a great job providing top quality boxing and fitness training in the local community and it was important that they got the outcome I helped achieve.

“I was surprised they were hit with this bill as I was sure they should be exempt under legislation and pleased I was able to have the bill reviewed.

“People of all ages and abilities benefit from the facilities and support offered and it would be a tragedy if the club’s future was threatened.

“They deserve as much support as they can get and I hope that not only will they now maintain their position, but that they can get financial support via sports funding, the lottery and additional sponsorship from the local business community.”

Committee member Stephen Newns added: “This is a valuable resource for the local community.

“We provide boxing and fitness training facilities and coaching to all age groups, have approximately 50 members ranging from aged 8 to 80, including 20 amateur boxers.

“We also work closely with special needs schools throughout North Lanarkshire providing group and one to one training for children and young people.

“We are currently looking for funding in order to renovate or rebuild our current premises and the ongoing support from Mr McMahon MSP and local councillor Peter Nolan is very much appreciated.”