North-east community to see sports pitch transformed after six years of campaigning

The community pitches in Elrick.
The community pitches in Elrick.

Work is under way to revamp a North-east community sports pitch which has fallen into disrepair.

The Carnie all-weather pitch in Elrick was unplayable due to its condition.

Residents say that damage was caused due to the “open access” nature of the pitch, as some people would use it for inappropriate purposes such as dog walking.

It is also claimed that the surface was not properly maintained.

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that the resurfacing of the pitch is under way.

The work is being carried out on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council by sports surfacing specialist Ecosse Sports.

The facility is due to be relaid with tarmac, and covered in an acrylic coating.

Work is due to cost £25,000, according to a report submitted to the Garioch area committee in December, with maintenance costs of £2,000 per year.

Westhill and district Councillor Iris Walker has campaigned for the improvements for six years.

She said: “It has been a very long haul to get to this stage but I’m delighted that work has now begun on the pitch.

“I can’t wait to get it back into use for the community. It has been rundown and misused for so long and it’s very much time for something to be done.

“There’s a great need for sports facilities in this area so to have the pitch back will be very useful, especially as it will be multi-purpose. The community has been fantastic at getting this sorted.

“Council leisure staff have worked so hard – it’s never a one-man job to get something like this sorted.”

The Garioch area committee agreed to the plans in December.

Community organisations in Westhill and Elrick have expressed an interest in taking control of the pitch.

They did, however, want the council, who are the current owners, to redevelop the surface before they did so.