Council set to support funding for Fraserburgh sports facility

Outline of Fraserburgh South Links sports development
Outline of Fraserburgh South Links sports development

Council funding for a new £1.2 million sports facility in Fraserburgh is set to be approved at a meeting in Aberdeen this week.

Funding for the sports facility at Fraserburgh’s South Links has been recommended for approval by the Infrastructure Services Committee in a report to the Policy and Resources Committee.

If approved the council would award Fraserburgh South Links Sports Development Trust £605, 209 towards the project.

£455, 209 would come from the Scottish Regeneration Capital Grant Fund offered to Aberdeenshire Council as part of the Fraserburgh 2021 application while £150,000 would come from the Fraserburgh Regeneration pot.

Planning application was submitted for the new facility in July this year following a 12 week public consultation.

The proposed plans include a top specification, floodlit grass football pitch and a six lane synthetic athletics track surrounded by an all-abilities cycling path.

The approval of the council funding would be a massive boost for the project as part of the funding comes with time restraints.

These constraints include the Scottish Governments Regeneration Capital Grant Fund 2016/17 which needs to completed with the financial year.

Stephen Archer, Director of Infrastructure Services who compiled the report, recommended that councillors approve the funding.

He said: “The Local Regeneration Group, chaired by the Area Manager, recommend that the funding be approved due to the impacts that it achieves and the widespread support from the community for the project.”

He added: “The recently-formed Fraserburgh Regeneration Partnership, formed to take forward the new Action Plans support the project and have included the project in their draft Plan with a figure of £150,000.”

Members of the Policy and Resources committee will make a decision on the funding during there next meeting on Thursday September 15.