Planning submitted for new £1.2 million Fraserburgh sports facility

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A Fraserburgh trust have submitted plans to Aberdeenshire Council for a new £1.2 million sports development in the town.

Fraserburgh South Links Sports Development Trust have submitted plans which will provide football,running and cycling facilities.

The submission of the planning application follows a 12 week public consultation.

Graeme Clark, Convenor of the Sports Development Trust, said: “Everything has been very positive, be it from public meetings, out Facebook page or Community Council meetings.”

He added: “It’s something that has quite a groundswell of support.

“One of the key thing is to promote fitness and wellbeing ion the town and get kids involved in sport.”

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

Norman Reid, Treasurer for the Sports Development Trust, said: “It’s quite a big thing for Fraserburgh - we don’t have facilities like this.”

Both Mr Clark and Mr Reid are hopeful that planning permission will get passed first time by council in September some of the funding for the project is under time constraints including the Scottish Governments Regeneration Capital Grant Fund 2016/17.

Mr Clark said: “We’re quite hopeful it will go through in that one as we need it to get the funding because some of these funds need to be completed within the financial year.”

The Trust are also seeking funding from Sportscotland but cannot apply for said funding until they have planning permission approved by the council.

However if planning permission is approved in September then Mr Reid believes the facility can be up and running by Autumn 2017.

He said: “Hopefully if we do get planning approval then things will move quite quickly after that.

“We could get a start by the end of the year and hopefully the facility will be ready by Autumn 2017.”