‘Grab It’ – Support for Leisure Centre Bid

By Jane Cruickshank / February 15, 2023
leisure centre, swings and open air pool

A SUGGESTED bid to the Levelling Up Fund has the unanimous support of Stonehaven and District Community Council, SDCC.

Cllr Wendy Agnew recently made known her wish that a major extension project at Stonehaven Leisure Centre is considered as a bid to the third round of the UK Government Fund.

At last night’s meeting of SDCC, members were quick to give Mrs Agnew’s suggestion their backing.

Ian Hunter said: ”I think is as a commendable idea.”

Mr Hunter said the town had a sports centre, but needed a leisure centre with amenities such as a cafe that could be used by people of all ages.

Following last year’s participatory budgeting exercise, some £1.4 million is already scheduled to be spent at the leisure centre, including works to upgrade the changing rooms and create a PAMIS changing room.

Jim Stephen said Stonehaven was playing catch up in its leisure provision – and had been since the leisure centre was built in 1985. He described the changing facilities as unsanitary.

”You catch a verruca just looking at them,” he said.

”So when we had an opportunity for new changing rooms, we grabbed it.

”We were cheated there – that was an obligation of Aberdeenshire Council to do that.”

Any proposed bid would require public consultation

Mrs Agnew told the meeting that other ideas were still welcome and invited members to ‘get their thinking caps on’. And, she said, public consultation is required for any bid to the levelling up fund.

Mr Stephen said this would be key to ensure it was what residents wanted.

He added: ”If we have an opportunity for funding, then I think we should grab it.”

Clearly his fellow members agreed – when it came to a show of hands, there was unanimous support for the bid proposal.

Two projects in Aberdeenshire were successful in the second round of funding

A successful bid can bring transformational money to a community.

Last week, Aberdeenshire Council announced its formal acceptance of £20million for the renovation and extension of Macduff Marine Aquarium and the development of a cultural quarter in Peterhead centred around the vacant Arbuthnot House.