Plans to build a new skatepark in a Deeside town have ramped up, with councillors likely to approve a land lease for the project.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Marr Area Committee has already backed the plans, at Bellfield Park in Banchory, but will now have to petition the courts because the site is common good land.
The Banchory Skatepark Group (BSG) is behind the scheme and aims to improve upon the park’s existing ramp.
The ramp would be demolished with the land to form part of the new facility which the group has said would be an “all out” park.
Last year, the authority approved a 25-year lease which would allow the BSG to acquire grant funding to help revamp the park.
But as the wider park is part of common good land, a community consultation had to be held to demonstrate wider public support.
A total of 39 people said they would back the skate park plan, with just two raising concerns.
BSG also commissioned a feasibility study on the plans which offered the public another chance to have their say on the project.
More than 99% people supported the proposals in a survey which was responded to by 531 people.
If the courts ultimately approve the lease, then the group must go through the standard planning process.