Multi-use games area set for town’s Dales Park

The playing fields at Dales Park
The playing fields at Dales Park
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Plans for a multi-use games area at Peterhead’s Dales Park, have been given the go-ahead by Buchan councillors.

At their meeting in Peterhead on Tuesday, members approved the project at a cost of £223,888.63, with acceptance of a tender from Allsports Construction and Maintenance Ltd.

Members at Tuesday’s meeting heard that the key aim of the project was to provide a new multi-use games area, being phase one of the overall scheme for Dales Park.

The phase two works involve the creation of additional changing rooms.

The park is popular with many footballing groups, who regularly play games there.

Councillors heard that over a protracted period of time there have been numerous comments and complaints about the lack of activity facilities and the condition of the existing facilities at Dales Park.

Consultation was undertaken with local football groups which use the Dales Park pitches and community groups which use the pavilion.

During the planning application process and external sound consultant was engaged and local residents were invited to comment.

It was generally felt that the provision of the new facility would provide additional options for activity space and activities to the community as a whole.

All responses from user groups were positive towards providing new or improved facilities at the pitches.

Councillors were told that it was envisaged that the new facility will promote, encourage and provide additional opportunity for activities and thereby promote more active and healthy lifestyles for members of the community.

In a report to councillors, planning chief Stephen Archer said that the Education and Children’s Services had been consulted and were supportive of the proposals.

“The most competitive tender in the amount of £183,188.63 was submitted by Allsports Construction & Maintenance Ltd,” he said.

The total project cost of £223,888.83 includes costs and this was given the go-ahead by the committee.