COUNCILLORS on the Business Services Committee deferred their decision on Mackie Football Rugby Clubs asset transfer application for Forest Park – pending a site visit.
The Committee is required to make the final determination of the application as the August refusal by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee was contrary to officers’ recommendation.
During this afternoon’s discussions, the predicament faced by the Rugby Club, who will lose their last remaining pitch in 2026, was well described – as was the opposition felt by those who wanted to continue to have the park available to the whole community.
Speaking on behalf of Save our Park, David MacDonald described his own rugby playing history – but also the use he has made ofS Forest Park since moving to the area 41 years ago. Saying he feared the Rugby Club might quickly outgrow the site, Mr MacDonald said Stonehaven and District Community Council hoped to address the need for a sports hub through a Local Places Plan that would link to the Local Development Plan.
He said: ”I do hope the Business Services Committee will consider upholding the locally founded, wise, unanimous and considered decision taken by the local Area Committee to regretfully but thoughtfully refuse the executive recommendation of acceptance of a CAT application made by the right people but in completely the wrong place. That would be true community empowerment.”
A move had already made by Fraserburgh and District member Cllr Seamus Logan, however, for a site visit. Mr Logan said he felt this was needed to complete information needed for ‘a very important decision’.