Funding for Catto Park ‘first step forward’

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Aberdeenshire Council have approved over £700,000 to replace the pitches at Peterhead’s Catto Park which could kickstart the sites redevolpment.

The Policy and Resources Committee approved funding of £726,000 at a meeting on Thursday 17 to replace the all weather and grass football pitches.

Councillor Norman Smith, who sits on the Policy and Resources Committee, said: “This could be the start of something happening at Catto Park, the first step forward.”

Councillor Smith added that it was going to be a “total revamp” of the pitches and not just an upgrade.

The work on the pitches will progress while discussions continue on the wider redevelopment of the Catto Park area in conjunction with Peterhead Football Club.

Stephen Bruce, Chairman of Peterhead JogScotland, said: “We’re really delighted to see the project moving forward to the next phase and we’re hoping to see improvements to the running track in the next few months as well which would bode well for the future.”

Mr Bruce added: “As soon as the work starts we’re going to try and move onto the next phase which is the indoor facilities.”

Last year, the committee agreed to supporting, in principle, the intention to redevelop Catto Park.

Since then a feasibility study has been undertaken and a business case developed.

Further discussions are now underway on the scale of the wider project and potential sources of funding.

A tender will now be prepared for the replacement pitch, and a report will come back to committee on the longer-term options for Catto Park.