MP Eilidh enjoys tour of new MACBI facility

Councillor Norman Smith with pupils from Mintlaw Academy at the open day in the new MACBI facility
Councillor Norman Smith with pupils from Mintlaw Academy at the open day in the new MACBI facility

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford toured the new communtiy centre in Mintlaw recently.

The building, which is currently under construction, is part of the Mintlaw & Central Buchan Initiative known as MACBI.

MACBI, which holds charitable status, was set up by local people in the area in 2005.

It aims to improve facilities and offer a place for people to meet, a centre for cultural events, a centre for health and sports activities and most importantly a centre to foster community spirit.

The building will be centrally located in Mintlaw, adjacent to Mintlaw Academy, Pitfour Primary School, Mintlaw Health Centre, the Library and the all-weather pitch.

The Banff & Buchan MP toured the building with local residents and Directors of the MACBI Project and viewed the plans detailing the development, including floor plans which illustrating multi-purpose hall, multi-gym, soft play area, meeting rooms, changing rooms, lounge/viewing area and a café.

Commenting after her visit, Eilidh said: “The new community centre is really starting to take shape now and it’s clear it will be a facility of which the communities of Central Buchan can be proud.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work by a dedicated team of local people to get to this point and it is a very exciting time for the community as we move towards the February completion date.

“I’m confident this will be a vital asset for Mintlaw and the surrounding villages which will be well-used for years to come.”