Community groups in a North-east town are hoping to take over a sport facility and run it themselves.
The Carnie all-weather pitch in Elrick has fallen into a state of disrepair and groups want to take control of it.
Aberdeenshire Council currently owns the pitch, but those willing to take ownership of it want the local authority to get it back in an appropriate state before moving forward.
Councillor Iris Walker has spoken to Aberdeenshire Council on behalf of some of the groups who are willing to use it.
She said: “Groups in Westhill are keen to take over the Carnie pitch which is brilliant.
“It is a facility that could help so many people in Westhill and the surrounding area.
“I met Doug Milne at Aberdeenshire Council and he has said he will do everything he can to try to get the facility back up to standard so the groups are able to take it on.
“It would be brilliant if we could see the pitch being used by groups in the community.”
The facility was built through planning gain when the first phase of housing was developed at Leddach Grange.
It was then handed over to Aberdeenshire Council by housing company Avant Homes, previously known as Bett Homes, several years ago.
Work took place at the start of the year to fix the floodlights at the pitch which were out of use.
There have also been incidents of fly-tipping at the car park that accompanies the all-weather pitch in the past.
Mr Milne, Garioch area manager at the council, said: “The all-weather pitch at Carnie has been run by the council for a number of years and we are aware of the community’s interest in taking over the running of it.
“Initial discussions have taken place and we will continue to work with the community to see what options are available for the future.”