Council approves Catto Park plans

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area committee last week backed plans for a multimillion-pound lesiure facility proposed by Peterhead FC.

The Scottish League Two club has had discussions with the council about taking over at Catto Park and transforming it into a community site for young athletes.

It is hoped the development will include a synthetic all weather pitch, dance studo, sports hall, upgraded running track as well as new football and rugby pitches.

Local authority chief executive Colin Mackenzie urged his councillors to work with the Balmoor-based club on a business case.

In a report to councillors he said: “Despite being Aberdeenshire’s largest town, the recreational provision has been identified as being in need of further investment.

“This is particularly the case in terms of indoor facilites and, given the location and climate of the town, this is a particular issue. The work should include a whole-life business case model for the most effective means of investment at Catto Park.

“The outcome of the study will likely result in a project, to be prioritised against other projects, in the capital plan.”

The Buchanie reported last week that Aberdeenshire Council will contribute half of the £60,000 needed for a full case study.

Architects will be brought in to draw up an impression of how the facility could look.

The local authority has been working with Peterhead FC for several months on the Catto Park development.

Councillors visited a facility at Ross County similar to that which has been proposed.

PMR Consultants were asked to draw up a feasibility study which revealed a long-term lack of investment in the town’s sporting infrastructure.