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Formartine community projects receive funding boost

By Kyle Ritchie

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Community projects in the Formartine area have had funding applications approved by councillors.

Local members assessed bids during the area committee meeting on Tuesday.

The groups that were successful in receiving grants were Balmedie Leisure Centre Association, Ellon Parks Improvement Committee (EPIC), Pitmedden Bowling Club, Turriff Christmas Lights and Turriff and District Heritage Centre.

It was outlined to councillors that the balance of funding available for community projects in the Area Committee Budget is currently £41,882.80.

Balmedie Leisure Centre Association will receive £5000 to help upgrade its fitness suite, in order to make it market competitive and continue to provide a quality local resource for the benefit of community health and well-being, encourage active lifestyles and promote well-being with a focus on obesity and mental health.

EPIC was awarded £7000 which will go towards the purchase and installation of a wheelchair accessible roundabout and an educational "sign your name" board in Auctherellon Play Park.

Pitmedden Bowling Club will receive £5000 to refurbish, upgrade and expand its clubhouse and facilities to provide a social centre for the local community.

The proposed works include painting, plastering, insulation, doors and windows, lighting, sinks and worktops, central heating and new lockers and changing cabin.

Councillor Alan Hassan told the meeting: "I am happy to support this application. There are clear benefits to the community in terms of social networking and improvements to a well used facility, so it has my full support."

A grant of £2000 will be provided to Turriff Christmas Lights to encompass both the replacement of some existing festive lights and a switch-on community event to be held on Sunday, November 27.

Finally, the Turriff and District Heritage Centre group will receive £3487.50 to help it repair the building's roof.

Councillor Anne Stirling said: "I would be very supportive of this application. Since the heritage society and its members moved to the municipal buildings in Turriff they have done a considerable amount of work and their contribution and kind far exceeds any grant application that they would ever make.

"This latest one is to further upgrade and refurbish the building. They have taken on quite a number of tasks themselves but this is something that does need that additional resource."

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