>> Thursday, 17 January 2013
The decision has been welcomed by project partners North Banchory Company (NBC) and Bandswim.
The project will comprise the creation of a sports facility, based on a six-lane swimming pool with extended dry sports facilities, replacing the existing pool and sports hall at Banchory Academy with building work on the project is expected to begin in 2016.
Councillors from across all political parties at today’s meeting welcomed the opportunity to support the plans which are the result of a long-running campaign by local communities around Banchory for a state-of-the-art sports facility and swimming pool. SNP councillors also secured a commitment for a review of all leisure projects across Aberdeenshire to ensure that each new project is brought forward according to the council’s due process and after a full assessment.
Shadow Leader of the Council, SNP councillor Hamish Vernal added:
Local people have worked hard to raise substantial levels of funding and the council has been working closely with local community groups, businesses and the land owner to help make their plans a reality.