All-weather pitch set to be replaced

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Peterhead’s ailing all-weather pitch at Catto Park is set to be replaced.

Buchan councillors will be asked to give their views on recommendations to spend £726,000 on the replacement of the pitch and associated grass football pitch in the town.

They will also be asked to instruct officers to proceed to tender for the works and endorse that the first phase of the works will futureproof any further development at Catto Park.

A further report on the longer term options for Catto Park will also be called for.

Councillors, who meet in Peterhead on Tuesday, will hear that drainage and soil surveys have recently been undertaken at the facility.

These have identified significant problems with drainage and soil conditions.

In a report to Tuesday’s meeting, planning chief Stephen Archer says that it is evident that the scope now is more extensive than before and given the experience of similar projects will cost in the region of £450,000 for a replacement on the same location.

“In recent months there has been dialogue between Peterhead Football Club and officers.

“Peterhead Football Club remains committed to a partnership to dvelop the wider proposals and reiterated that the replacement of the all-weather surface in the existing location will hinder this future development.

“As a result of this and the drainage/soil situation, committee is being asked to approve revised proposals for an alternative location for the all-weather surface and associated works to the grass pitch.

“This will potentially avoid significant abortive costs in the future and ensure Catto Park is well placed to provide sporting facilities to be used by Peterhead Academy,” added Mr Archer.

A planning application for the works is set to go before the council over the next few months, with tender documents likely to be issued in December.

Work on site is due to begin around april next year with a completion date of the end of June.

The revised estimated cost of the works is £565,000 for drainage, levelling, surface, floodlights and fencing and removal of defective soil.

A total of £82,000 has been set aside for replacement of grass pitch and removal of play equipment.

Property costs are at £31,000, with £33,000 for independent professional support and £15,000 for drainage surveys.