Councillor Bob Watson is delighted that funding has been secured to enable a feasability study to be carried out on Sandhaven and Pitullie community Hall and is urging the public to get behind the project.
Speaking to the Herald Cllr Watson said: “At the Banff & Buchan Area Committee meeting of Tuesday May 3, I spoke in favour of allocating money from the Banff & Buchan Area ‘Top Up’ Fund towards a feasibilty study which the North East of Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) has recommended be carried out on the viability of upgrading the Sandhaven and Pitullie Community Hall building.
“The required study has been costed at £10,500.00, and therefore it was important that I persuaded the committee of the project’s worth.
“I am delighted, they agreed to release £5,000 for Sandhaven and Pitullie Community Hall, this means that £5,000 from the LEADER European Fund could be added to the pot of money required for the feasibility study, since the £5,000.00 ‘Top Up’ fund plus £500.00 from hall funds then combined to provide the correct level of match funding to satisfy the European LEADER Fund criteria.
“Despite the tremendous efforts of the Sandhaven and Pitullie Hall Management Committee, the hall is in need of vital repairs,
Councillor Watson continued: “The committee has put in a tremendous effort over the years to keep the building wind and watertight and upgrade facilities but now the hall is in need of urgent repair and updating despite this mammoth effort.
“I had previously ensured that £5,000 of Aberdeenshire Council funding was given to the hall committee two years ago, which helped the hall committee carry out external structural modifications.
“Given that £10,500 has now been allocated towards a feasibilty study, I am again in a good position to help the hall because I am one of the council’s representatives on the management committee of NESPT.
“I can see Sandhaven & Pitullie Community Hall eventually being developed into a valuable community facility such as a community centre.
I therefore urge the community of Sandhaven & Pitullie to get behind this exciting project. I certainly am.”
Irene Smith, Sandhaven and Pitullie Community Hall Committee secretary added: “The feasability study means that Sandhaven and Pitullie could have a Community Centre, for the community and used by the community.
“There is a great need for this in Sandhaven and Pitullie and I would urge people to us to tell us what they want.”