THE first sod was cut at New Deer’s ambitious new all-weather pitch development last week.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area manager Chris White did the honours watched by delighted villagers. It marked a £200,000 windfall from the council’s £20million underspend, but a massive fundraising campaign will continue to pay for the remainder of the £537,000 scheme.
Planning permission for the project was granted in 2009 after the village’s football club joined forces with the community association to drive on the idea way back in 2005. The ultimate aim is to provide training for youngsters and the creation of a league at the floodlit pitch which will boast impressive new changing facilities which will be completed first.