Ready to kick off

The view from the radio control race circuit overlooking Mineralwell Park
The view from the radio control race circuit overlooking Mineralwell Park

Plans for an all-weather surface at Stonehaven’s Mineralwell Park received full backing from councillors this week.

The proposals, which were given the green light by the Kincardine and Mearns area committee, will see one of the existing pitches at the park transformed into an all-weather pitch which will be suitable for football and rugby, as well as various other sporting acitivites such as hockey.

The all weather pitch will us a 3G surface like the one pictured

The all weather pitch will us a 3G surface like the one pictured

The pitch will use a 3G surface - 3rd Generation synthetic surfacing (also known as 3G artificial grass) - which utilises longer fibres in a reduced density and is filled with a mix of sand infill and rubber infill granules to provide some shock absorption.

Another area of Mineralwell will see a pitch suitable for netball and basketball, which would be available to schools and community.

The project will include a three-metre high boundary fence, 16-metre flood lights and car parking more than doubled at the current site.

Addressing the committee at Viewmount on Tuesday, Douglas Samways from the Stonehaven Community All Weather Surface Committee said that, with a £320,000 grant from Aberdeenshire Council, as well as funding from Sports Scotland, there is a pot of £615,000 available for the scheme.

He added that the committee were ready to go ahead with the project, and work will begin “as soon as possible”.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Wendy Agnew said: “The all weather surface committee should be proud of themselves.

‘‘They have done a lot of hard work to get here.”