Peterhead FC and council in talks for sale of Catto Park

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BUCHAN area committee members held private talks last week in a bid to allow Peterhead Football Club to buy Balmoor Stadium grounds.

The talks, described as ‘positive’ by local councillors, could see the council sell off Balmoor and the Catto Park grounds on Balmoor Terrace, to the club for the creation of a sports academy.

Commenting on the proposal yesterday (Monday), Peterhead FC chairman, Rodger Morrison, thanked the council for its ‘forward thinking’ on the matter and said the plans would provide the people of Peterhead with a fantastic facility.

“The council would love to see these facilities built in the town - facilities which are obviously lacking - and Peterhead FC will be able to deliver these,” he said.

“The facilities will be for every sports user that has a need for them and we do believe that facilities are needed.

“At the moment our younger age groups have to use Dales Park, which is cold and dire and prone to flooding in the winter, while the Under 17s train in Aberdeen and the 19s at Longside.

“It saddens me that Fraserburgh has much better facilities than us with a leisure centre and indoor bowling club so surely this should be possible in Peterhead,” he said.

Mr Morrison said the club had already had some positive talks with oil companies in the area who would be willing to sponsor such a facility, while a number of individuals had already been approached to run various sections of the sports academy should it get off the ground.

Commenting on the discussions, Buchan area committee chairman, Cllr Stuart Pratt, said that he hoped there would be a positive conclusion to negotiations, adding that it would be good for the club itself, while also benefiting the community.

Meanwhile, Cllr Alan Gardiner said that he was pleased to see Aberdeenshire Council demonstrating it was open for business, adding that he was encouraged to see the council had a desire to work with the football club.

And Cllr Tom Malone said he was “excited” about the plans saying it would have phenomenal potential for the community.

Peterhead FC currently leases the land the stadium sits on from the council. Officials said a takeover of the ground would also allow them to progress plans for several new leisure projects aimed at future generations.