Fraserburgh’s squash enthusiasts could soon find a new home after a planning application was submitted for courts at a gym in the town.
Players in the Broch have been left without a suitable venue since the old Fraserburgh leisure centre closed and its multimillion-pound replacement at Maconochie Road was built without squash courts.
Now Satorishido Fitness Centre owner Albert Ross has joined forces with a sub-committee of players to devise plans for three courts with changing and storage facilities at his premises.
The scheme would be housed in a new extension at the gym on Strichen Road.
Last night Mr Ross said he hoped Aberdeenshire Council would look favourably on the players’ application.
“We knew that the subcommittee were putting in an application,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the guys who want to play squash have to travel to Ellon right now.
“We’re waiting to hear back from the council, then the sub committee will get involved in the raising of the funds.
“There’s no point in going ahead without the permission.”
Local councillor Brian Topping welcomed the prospect of new purpose-built facilities for the town’s squash enthusiasts.
“I would be absolutely delighted,” he said.
“They have obviously worked hard with Albert Ross and his committee. I know a lot of enthusiastic people have been denied a chance to play the sport.”
The fitness centre was previously been granted planning permission for a £165,000 extension in May, 2013.