STONEHAVEN Leisure Centre will be extended and improved with PAMIS changing rooms, and a contribution to the development of indoor tennis at the Recreation Grounds will be made – after the town voted on options put before them in a participatory budgeting exercise.
The outdoor area at the Recreation Grounds will also see a £150,000 upgrade bringing challenge putting along with the introduction of petanque, quoits and exercise equipment.
Some 1753 votes were cast in last month’s voting that was the culmination of a participatory process described by a Live Life Aberdeenshire, LLA, officer as, ”by the community for the community.’’
The table below, taken from the LLA website, shows the result of the vote on seven options – and which projects can proceed. LLA say they will now work to implement and use the budget to deliver what you voted for.
A positive day for Stonehaven
During the participatory budgeting process, Dawn Black, along with Mike Duncan, represented Stonehaven and District Community Council on a reference group of key stakeholders.
She said: ”The Leisure Centre will finally get the upgrade it so desperately needs and this decision has the backing of the local community.
”Additionally the possibility of an indoor tennis facility is a step closer and the putting green will also get a re-design with additional sports supported.
”It is great to see local people engaged in the decision making process for how money is to be spent in Stonehaven. Now that people know more about how participatory budgeting works, hopefully there will be more opportunities in the future for further spending to be decided in this way.
”All round it is a positive day for Stonehaven.”