A petition has been launched to save sporting facilities in a North-east town from being sold for development by a council.
Laurencekirk residents were outraged when they were told the playing fields at the former Mearns Academy were to be sold off.
The pitches are still used by sports clubs at the new academy as there is not enough space at the new community campus.
Aberdeenshire Council’s policy and resources committee said the playing fields could be sold off.
Laurencekirk Development Trust has been working on a proposal to take over the pitches and buy the former academy.
And the group has launched a petition to show the public’s support for retaining the facilities.
Trust chairman Mike Robson said: “The petition is a result of the public engagement for shaping Laurencekirk, which showed there was a genuine concern among groups using the pitches that they are going to go.
“We hope that people will sign the petition so we can show the council that the community wants to retain this important facilities.”
The petition will be delivered to Maria Walker, director of education and children’s services; Ritchie Johnson, director of business services; and Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes, chairman of the policy and resources committee.
To view the petition visit www.change.org and search for “Mearns”.