Commitment to pitch upgrade

Catto Park, Peterhead
Catto Park, Peterhead

Aberdeenshire councillors have confirmed their commitment to a replacement all-weather pitch and grass pitch at Peterhead’s Catto Park.

The decision follows the publication of a feasibility study in 2014 which highlighted the need for expanded recreational facilities in conjunction with Peterhead Football Club at Catto Park. The local authority has approved support in principle for the wider project, subject to the scope of the project being reviewed along with the financial implications and financial commitment of national bodies.

At a meeting of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday, membersconsidered a report on the urgent need to replace the all-weather pitch, with a programme of phased works planned to avoid abortive future costs. Work is planned to start in May and be completed by the end of August.

Since the policy and resources committee discussed this in 2015 the groundwork identified exceptionally poor conditions which has had a significant impact on the scope of the earthworks and drainage associated with the project.

The report discussed on Thursday acknowledges some local concerns about the running track and rugby pitches on the site, which it was agreed will be considered as part of the proposed Peterhead Academy Strategic Appraisal.

Future phases of work required at Catto Park will be carried out in conjunction with work on the proposed new Peterhead Academy.

Peterhead Football Club also remain an important partner in this project, which could have significant local impacts.