All-weather pitch takes another step

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

A long-awaited all-weather pitch for Stonehaven has moved a step closer to fruition following the submission of a planning appplication.

Stonehaven Community Council have lodged the plans on behalf of the All Weather Sports Facility Committee.

The application, which is planned for Mineralwell Park, was launched in Novemember and would include a three-metre high boundary fence, 16-metre flood lights and car parking more than doubled at the current site.

Steps have been made over the past six months for an all -weather facility to be built at a site at Mineralwell to replace an existing football pitch.

Representatives from various sporting teams have been in consultation and meetings with the All Weather Sport Facility Committee.

The project will turn one of the existing pitches at the park into the all-weather pitch which will be suitable for football and rugby.

The pitch will use a 3G surface - 3rd Generation synthetic surfacing (also known as 3G artificial grass) is primarily for football and rugby 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 the community.

The committee are still in discussions with Aberdeenshire Council over a proposed £320k grant.

An application to Sports Scotland for matching funding is currently waiting feedback from the organisation.