Save the Stonehaven Beach Pavilion
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In April 2017, Aberdeenshire Council advised that the Beach Pavilion in Stonehaven would be closed as a result of further cost cutting measures. It is “a drain on their resources”.
Stonehaven is a commuter town in the North East of Scotland and it’s recreation facilities are already stretched to bursting. The Leisure Centre, built in the early 1980s, is no longer fit for function and needs upgraded/replaced. The Pavilion has been used as an overspill for many years.
Stonehaven Judo Club and the local tennis club have used the Pavilion for over 30 years, it is also regularly used by various keep fit groups and toddler groups. It is still a well used facility although in need of repair and upgrading.
In December 2017, it was announced that the local Men Shed would be taking control of the building following a CAT (community asset transfer) process. The Men Shed recently secured a lease on another premises in the area that fulfils their current needs.
The loss of the Pavilion, in a town that already struggles to service the needs of its sporting/recreation groups cannot be allowed to happen. The alternative venues suggested by the council in April are unsuitable for various reasons including lack of space, lack of available hours, clashing with other users (ie gymnastics and football in same court at same time).
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