As a Participatory Budgeting project progresses to decide how £1.8million will be spent developing local sports and leisure infrastructure in Stonehaven, locals have a few weeks left to submit their ideas and views on the proposals so far.
Since the announcement earlier this year that the community will have a direct say on how the money is spent, Live Life Aberdeenshire (LLA) has been working with local sports organisations to get their views.
A large number of ideas have now been proposed from sports groups, other members of the community and the wider public and focus groups continue to take place in the town.
There are a couple of weeks left to give feedback on these ideas and submit new ones ahead of a public vote on a final selection of options later in the year.
Submissions for consideration as part of the process should be made by Monday, October 4.
The funding is from LLA’s Capital Budget which means it can only be spent on built facilities and physical infrastructure, delivering sport and leisure outcomes.
Options based on ideas generated by the community will be showcased, with a vote to follow later in the Autumn. Details of how to participate in the vote will be released in due course.
Proposals so far include ideas such as developing a covered outdoor space for multiple uses, development of petanque, putting and quoits areas, creating a climbing wall and the expansion and improvement of facilities at Stonehaven Leisure Centre.
One key message that has come through from the community so far is the need for facilities to cater for all in the community, including those with physical disabilities.
Suggested ideas which will be explored further are the need for improved changing facilities at the town’s indoor pool and the development of a PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society) changing space for public use.
The absence of suitable toilets can mean people with complex disabilities who need assistance can’t take part in activities such as shopping, going out for a meal or attending a sporting event.
Currently this type of facility does not exist in the community. It is expected that this type of resource would benefit locals and visitors and enable them to enjoy the best of Stonehaven.
The objective of the Participatory Budgeting project is to give the community a say on the delivery of high-quality sport and leisure venues which are accessible with a positive and welcoming environment, offering better opportunities for people to lead healthier, happier lives.
See the ideas submitted so far, comment on them and submit your own before October 4 here.
Or scan the QR code on publicity materials distributed throughout the town.