Peebles sports pitch application withdrawal recommended

Victoria Park A planning application for the park site is likely to be withdrawn

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Councillors are to be advised to shelve plans for a sports pitch in a Borders park which generated considerable local opposition.

A petition gathered hundreds of signatures against the scheme in Victoria Park in Peebles.

A planning application had been submitted for the scheme but it is now being recommended it is withdrawn.

New consultation would then be carried out with the community to decide the best site for a 3G pitch.

The move follows discussions between the six Tweeddale councillors on Scottish Borders Council along with the project team and council leader David Parker.

A report will now be submitted to the local authority's executive in May recommending withdrawal of the application.

If agreed, a new timescale for the project will be developed in due course.

Deputy leader Catriona Bhatia said: "This announcement is effectively a moratorium on the 3G pitch proposal in Peebles.

"Officers and councillors have worked very hard over many weeks and months with the local community to examine and re-examine all of the options but it is clear that cost pressures and other factors mean that the best course of action is to pause the project at this time.

"The Tweeddale members appreciate that this will be met with different responses from the community, and hope to move forward positively to improve sporting provision in the town in future years."

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