Leisure Centre Upgrade Plans

By bellmannews / December 13, 2022
leisure centre, swings and open air pool

ABERDEENSHIRE Council’s plans to upgrade and extend our leisure centre – the winning project in a public vote held earlier this year – can now be seen online.

The proposed new layout can be seen in a range of drawings submitted with the planning application. The entrance is brought forward to provide space for a store and a changing room equipped to meet the needs of people with complex care needs – as promoted by PAMIS, Scotland’s organisation promoting a more inclusive society.

The current gym and activities rooms are extended forwards and into the current foyer, and reconfigured to offer a gym and dance studio.

The swimming pool is to boast two new windows. And the proposed layout of new changing areas can be seen – separate male and female showers and changing areas with a shared and connecting locker area.

These proposed improvements follow a process first launched back in June 2021, when Live Life Aberdeenshire announced their intention to invest £1.8 million in Stonehaven’s sports and leisure facilities. The money was made available via participatory budgeting, where locals are involved in the suggestion of options then vote for their preferred scheme.

And, with seven possibilities offered, some 1753 votes were cast in voting this April. The winning scheme was the £1.4 million project to extend and improve the leisure centre, together with the provision of PAMIS changing rooms. The remaining funds were allocated to two proposals based at the Recreation Grounds – £250,000 towards the provision of indoor tennis courts and £150,000 to develop the outdoor areas (a newly landscaped putting green is on the cards).

Full details of Aberdeenshire Council’s proposals for the leisure centre are available online, together with a facility to comment.