Zippos Circus will be visiting Turriff from 22 to 24 July and will be setting up their big top at Turriff Sports Centre.
There have been a number of comments and complaints made about the siting of the circus and the impact it will have on the sports pitches. Aberdeenshire Council have issued the following statement to My Turriff to help put peoples minds at rest.
Aberdeenshire Council would like to assure residents and local sports groups that the upcoming visit of Zippos Circus will not close off access to any of the full-size grass football pitches at the Haughs.
The circus will visit Turriff between Friday, July 22 and Sunday, July 24 and will set up on Wednesday and Thursday (July 20 and 21).
There had been concerns in the local community that the circus would set up on the football pitches adjacent to Turriff United’s Football Pitch but the council has confirmed that instead it will be located on the grass behind the all-weather pitches, where 7-aside games take place later in the year.
This leaves both the full-size pitches free for use by local sports groups.
Head of Lifelong Learning and Leisure, John Harding, explained
The booking for the circus was accepted after assurances were given that there would be minimal impact on users of the facilities at the sports centre and the full-size football pitches nearby.
The 11-aside pitches will remain free for teams to use, although the smaller 7-aside pitches will not be available for the five days of the circus’s visit.
In the unlikely event that any damage does occur to the ground during the visit, the council will ensure repairs are carried out swiftly and before any future lets take place in the area.