Home Park upgrade could start in spring

Coldstream Civic Week children's sports took place on the training pitch at Home Park
Coldstream Civic Week children's sports took place on the training pitch at Home Park

Plans to reconfigure Coldstream’s Home Park and improve its drainage could start in the spring and a public meeting is being held to explain the changes.

Coldstream & District Community Council is working with the Coldstream Outdoor Play Project, Coldstream Amateur Football Club and Coldstream Football Club on plans to move the football pitch used by the ‘Ammies’ for their home games onto the area currently used as a training pitch which would free up an area at the bottom of the park for a play park area.

The Ammies are also looking to create a club room in the park behind the Court House car park toilet block and a planning application for this is about to be submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

Before any of this can happen the drainage problems in certain areas of the park need to be sorted and Scottish Borders Council has £15,000 in the capital budget for the next financial year to do this.

That means that drainage work can start any time after April 1 this year, once a contractor has been appointed. The target date for the newly drained pitch in the training pitch area to be ready for play would be August 2016, at which point work can start on the new play park area to replace the current play equipment which many agree is in a poor position in the park and which can be difficult to access with prams, buggies etc.

Coldstream Outdoor Play Project plan on making a grant application for new play equipment for the new play park area which will be at the war memorial entrance to the park.

“The community council is planning a public meeting in the next few weeks to explain the proposed changes to the park, which we hope will make it a more community friendly space, and to hear the views of local residents,” said Martin Brims, chairman of Coldstream & District Community Council.

“ It will also be an opportunity for the different groups involved in the project - particularly the Ammies and Coldstream Outdoor Play Project - to explain to you what they are hoping to achieve.”