Broch takes another step closer to securing new pool

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Fraserburgh is another step closer to getting a new swimming pool, sports facilities and community centre after securing National Lottery funding.

Sportscotland has awarded £500,000 to Aberdeenshire Council towards the project from its Sports Facilities Fund. A sum of just under £9million is allocated in the council’s Capital Plan and officers have already drawn up detailed designs.

As well as the construction of a new pool, sports and community centre within one building, the existing pool would be demolished and the existing football pitches upgraded.

Tenders have been submitted for the work, and councillors will decide whether the project should go ahead at a meeting of the council’s policy and resources committee later this month.

If approved, the lottery funding will go towards the capital cost of the scheme, and community fundraising by local group FISSH (Fraserburgh Initiative for Swimming Sport and Health) will pay for a 40-metre flume in the pool hall.

The new facility would include a competition specification six-lane pool, a small training pool, three court sports hall, a gym and a fitness studio.

Chairman of ELL, Richard Stroud said “This is great news for Aberdeenshire and Fraserburgh, as the lottery grant from sportscotland gives the council valuable financial resources to ensure that the proposed facility is a flagship for swimming, sport and community activities in Banff and Buchan.”

FISSH chairwoman, Doreen Mair, said “This is great news. Its been a long time coming but all the efforts of the local community and council officials are paying off - and the north-east is a step closer to getting an excellent facility providing something from everyone, whether you are a competitive swimmer, athlete, use the fantastic new community facilities or are simply looking to enjoy yourself on a flume.

“Having a community centre within the building will also ensure that the facility will be a great asset and advertisement for the Broch.”

Councillors will consider tenders on June 9. If the project is agreed, the first sod should be cut in July, with the building expected to open its doors in early 2013.