The investment plan aims to improve the locations and outdoor spaces of the northeast

Aberdeenshire advisers will be asked this week to agree on key principles for a new space strategy for grounds and outdoor physical activities that includes major investments in facilities in towns such as Turriff , Ellon and Huntly.

The strategy centers on the approach of using network field plans and will work with a prioritized agenda to improve capacity where needed.

Councilors will also be asked to endorse a decision to create a single process for community site reservation, while recognizing that education should monitor the use of school sites during the school term.

The report to the full council asks members to consider allocating additional capital funding for the strategy of £ 2,870,000 over the period 2021 – 2028; subsequent additional annual

borrowing costs of £ 201,000 and upfront additional income costs of £ 109,993 (22/23); £ 75,214 (23/24) and £ 50,143 thereafter.

The benefits of the strategy are expected to be an improvement in the quality of the provision of locations and increased capacity to meet demand, greater community ownership of locations and an improved and future integrated reservation system.

Locations will be designated as competitive locations, community locations, or just public spaces, with maintenance and pricing set accordingly.

A full breakdown of the total investment shows that the full list of projects on the priority list equates to just under £ 9million in planned cost –

For the Banff and Buchan area, plans include –

Reconfiguration and removal of permanent goals at Banff Academy.

Creation of four grass fields as “competitive sports fields” (two Banff / Macduff, two Fraserburgh).

Undertake additional infrastructure and maintenance of the two locations at Duff House, Banff to increase their usability.

Reconfiguration and removal of permanent goals at James Ramsay Park, Fraserburgh to allow rotation of goal mouths.

Possible improvements to the James Ramsay Park pavilion: Modernize the changing rooms (including showers) Reconfigure internal spaces or replace the entire pavilion.

In Formartine the plans include-

Creation of an illuminated synthetic facility that can accommodate football and rugby in the Ellon region (requires finding a suitable ground).

Invest in changing rooms at the current tennis club to help both tennis, football and cricket at Gordon Park.

Invest in storage solutions at Gordon Park (football, cricket, tennis).

Establish four grass fields as “competitive sports grounds” (Deux Ellons, Meldrum, Turriff).

Upgraded location layouts in Methlick to promote further development of Methlick Amusement Park.

Reconfiguration and removal of permanent goals at Lower Haughs to allow rotation of goal mouths.

Replacement of the entire pavilion at Lower Haughs.

Install two tennis courts at the Turriff sports center.

For the Buchan region, projects include-

Establish five grass fields as “competitive sports grounds” (one Mintlaw, four Peterheads).

Invest in two existing sports fields in Peterhead to transform them from poor quality clay courts to high quality sports fields.

Purchase portable “canoes” for the All Weather Field at Pitfour Park, Mintlaw.

Modernize the existing lighting on the Pitfour Park All Weather field.

Undertake additional infrastructure and maintenance work on two grass fields in and around Mintlaw.

Investment in the development of the Victoria Road site, Peterhead, in partnership with local groups (PACT).

In Garioch’s work would see –

Improvements to the pavilions in Lawsondale and Denman Park.

Invest in land in Blackburn.

Develop grounds and pavilions at Kellands Park, in partnership with rugby and cricket clubs.

Improve parking, change and improve existing grass fields in Insch, potentially in partnership with the Bennachie leisure center

Develop new grass field and pavilion facilities in Kintore, subject to planning permission.

Develop a grass field as a competitive sports ground in Kemnay.

Develop facilities at Bogbeth Park, Kemnay.

For the Marr region, priorities include-

Continue to work with community groups to support all-weather replacement land in Christie Park, Huntly.

Investment in Huntly Nordic Outdoor Center to expand its range of services and improve links with similar facilities.

Establishing four grass fields as “competitive sports grounds” (one Aboyne, one Alford, one Banchory, one Huntly) includes required drainage works at Banchory

Improve the existing turf fields on the new campus (Alford).

Improvements to the capital assets of the Sir Arthur Grant Center in Monymusk.

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