Mintlaw community centre progress

Work on the creation of a new community and sports centre in Mintlaw has moved one step closer.

Councillors at the Policy & Resources Committee agreed on Thursday to allocate £800,000 of planning gain funds to the Mintlaw and Central Buchan Initiative (MACBI) which would help support development of the community facility.

Plans for the community facility include a sports hall, meeting room, soft play facility and fitness studio which would address gaps in the provision of community and sporting facilities in the Central Buchan area.

The council is working with MACBI to transfer the land to the community group, while £200,000 has been pledged from the council’s Funding Towns and Villages fund towards the £2 million cost of building the facility.

The planning gain funds is dependent upon plans for two major developments in the Mintlaw area going ahead. The significant allocation of funds will allow work to begin on the project, subject to confirmation of funding awards from the Scotland Rural Development Programme and SportScotland. It is hoped that work could begin on site in April this year, with the facility expected to be open by early 2014.

Spectator facilities will also be provided at the new centre, while the plans will also see the changing and catering facilities open to users of the existing adjacent all-weather pitch in Mintlaw.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Lifelong Learning and Leisure service is also interested in providing some services at the new community hub.

There is also the opportunity to link the sports and community centre to the Biomass Heating Plans being proposed for Mintlaw Academy.