Plans for new £1.2 million Fraserburgh sports development

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A new £1.2 million sports development could be set for Fraserburgh after three sporting groups came together to try and finance the idea.

Fraserburgh South Links Sports Development Trust was formed after Broch running, football and cycling teams got together to provide a facility on the town’s South Links.

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

With £455,200 already approved through part of the regeneration grant for Fraserburgh 2021 and potential £100,000 given to the project by Aberdeenshire Council the group are now looking for additional funding from other sources including Sportscotland.

Graeme Clarke, Convenor of Fraserburgh South Links Development Trust, said: “The Trust recognise the support the Council, both officials and members; and the Fraserburgh Feuars, effective owners of the land, have given over the last 12 months in getting the project to this stage and look forwards to its completion next year and realising the visions set for the project.”

He added: “The biggest bulk of the rest will come from Sportscotland and we’re looking for £400,000 from them but there’s no guarantee we’ll get that much from them so there’s a few other sources we’re actively pursuing.”

The organisation hopes to have the project underway by spring 2017 with the money from Sportscotland but before they can receive such funding planning approval must first be in place.

There will be a formal pre planning consultation with the local community at a public meeting on Friday May 6 at the Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre at 6 pm.

The group then hope to submit a planning application within the following 12 weeks.

Mr Clarke said: “We will be taking notes of all comments that are made to form part of the planning application.”

Mr Clarke also stated that if people could not make the start of the meeting the group would be prepared to do short presentations after it began.