Aberdeenshire will see a new investment of £1.9million to help improve facilities

Nine local projects aimed at improving communities and places in Aberdeenshire are to share around £1.9million in new funding to help improve local facilities and town centers and support regeneration activities.

This funding comes from the Scottish Government’s Place-Based Investment Program (PBIP) Year Two allocation, which is designed to support consistent investment decisions that respond to local communities’ priorities for their places.

The PBIP is expected to be a five-year program, lasting until 2025/26, with new funding injections to be confirmed each year.

Central to program implementation is ensuring that investment decisions are shaped by the proven needs of local communities, regenerate and revitalize cities and towns, help address inequalities and disadvantages and accelerate Scotland towards net zero emissions targets.

The projects are also expected to provide lasting and impactful benefits to the places where they are carried out.

A new 3D image shows what the pavilion will look like in Tarlair

Aberdeenshire’s successful plans for 2022/23 include the salvage of the former Tarlair Outdoor Swimming Complex clubhouse building in Macduff, new and improved visitor facilities in Alford’s Haughton Park, a new system town center community CCTV in Huntly, the construction of a new e-commerce app in Inverurie and a public domain scheme to improve the Clerkhill shopping area in Peterhead.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Councilor John Crawley, said: ‘Once again we are seeing a wide range of exciting community projects supported by the Place-Based Investment Scheme , which will help create more attractive, accessible and resilient attractions in the region.

“From improvements to the beautiful Alford Valley Community Railway to the rejuvenation of the iconic art-deco lido pavilion in Tarlair, these funds will help community groups create vibrant and thriving places for local residents and visitors to enjoy. for many years to come.

Vice President Councilor Isobel Davidson added, “In addition to community projects that aim to attract tourists to the area, it is encouraging to see financially supported programs that will help boost our retail and commercial market, such as the improvements made at Peterhead’s Clerkhill Shopping Centre. and the introduction of a localized e-commerce application in Inverurie which we hope to see rolled out across Aberdeenshire as soon as possible.

The details of the 9 successful projects are as follows-

Alford Valley Community Railway, Alford – £165,000

Phase 2 of a multi-phase program to create a new tourist attraction and community resource by bringing parts of the old rail infrastructure back into service. This project allows the renovation of the engine shed and the hub as well as the implementation of a series of recommendations from Zero Waste Scotland to reduce the operational carbon impact of the facilities.

Clerkhill Public Realm Project, Peterhead – Aberdeenshire Council – £234,000

Public realm project in Clerkhill shopping area – Peterhead’s largest retail space outside the town centre. The retail area was developed in the 1970s and the public realm areas that service the retail facilities are in poor condition and inaccessible by modern standards. The project will upgrade 1,100 m2 of public space, including new surfaces, lighting, drainage and green spaces.

Ellon Wheel Park plans set to move forward
Ellon Wheel Park plans set to move forward

Ellon Wheel Park, Ellon – Ellon Wheel Park Group – £243,790

Community project to build a new multi-sport and multi-purpose wheeled sports facility at Gordon Park in Ellon. The area will be specially designed for combined use for wheeled sports such as BMX cycling, mountain biking, road biking, rollerblading, rollerblading, roller skating, skateboarding rollers and wheelchair sports and will be the first in Scotland to contain the combination of tracks and courses on offer.

Fraserburgh Hotel Project (34 Broad Street), Fraserburgh – North East Scotland Preservation Trust – £300,000

Final phase of the conversion of the former Clydesdale Bank into an extension of the now completed hotel building into the adjoining John Trail building. This phase will consist of work to support the wall that will house the elevator pit, the construction of a new restaurant in the courtyard and the stripping of the ground and first floors.

Haughton Park Bike Pump Track & All Ability Trails, Alford – Friends of Haughton Park – £200,000

This community-led project would be based in a currently underused corner of the 40-acre site and will consist of two Pump Tracks and a 270m All-Ability Trail to help the community enjoy wheeled sports activities without having to walk move to other areas. . The facilities will also create new opportunities through active participation, coaching, instruction and increasing the number of visitors to Alford.

Haughton Country Park – Improving visitor experience – Aberdeenshire Council – £203,000

This project is multi-faceted and includes the installation of all-inclusive, accessible, solar-powered interactive play equipment; an outdoor gym and the upgrade and electrification of the current off-grid park restrooms. Over time, the ultimate goal is to achieve ‘Green Flag’ status, which is a Europe-wide recognized designation, for Haughton Park.

Huntly Town Center Community CCTV, Huntly – Huntly Community Council – £76,869 To install a new community CCTV system in Huntly to support a safer town center which will benefit local businesses through additional footfall , the evening economy and social interactions.

Localized e-commerce app, Inverurie – We Are Inverurie BID – £110,000 The project aims to develop a new e-commerce marketplace platform, initially tested in Inverurie but later potentially rolled out in Aberdeenshire. This would be designed to lock in retail spending in Aberdeenshire and help small businesses operate a digital presence efficiently and competitively. The main objectives of the project are to promote a fair market and encourage consumers to buy local products.

Tarlair Pavilion, Macduff – Friends of Tarlair – £367,209

Rescue, restore and renovate the A-listed pavilion at the Tarlair Outdoor Pools Complex and re-open as a resource for visitors and the community as a first step in the ambition to return the entire site to productive use.


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Richard F. Gandhi