Do you want to make a difference in your local community?

As part of their continuing efforts to improve their services, Kincardine and Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this simple and anonymous survey. This survey is for anyone and everyone. Whether you have been a client in the past or have never used our services before.

As Kincardine and Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau is a charity, they rely on outside funding from various organisations. Feedback and anonymous statistical information is vital in supporting them to continue their work and apply for funding to keep the Bureau going for the future.

Thank you for your valued comments.

Paper copies are available on request.

Call 01569 766 578 or email

Pylon Route Consultation on Thursday

large pylon looming over countryside


We are pleased to be hosting a second public Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) event on our proposed Hurlie 400kV substation, following our initial events in March 2024 and feedback period which closed on 30 April 2024.   

We are holding this event to present a summary of feedback received at and following our first PAC event. At this event we will present our developing design proposals again, which will form the basis of a planning application for National development.  

During our face-to-face drop-in event you will be able to view our proposals and submit questions and comments to the project team. 

Following this event, we will be seeking final comments and feedback from members of the public, statutory consultees, and other key stakeholders regarding our proposals until 23 July 2024.  You can submit your comments and feedback via the feedback form or emailing or writing to your Community Liaison Manager using the details on our webpage: Hurlie 400kV substation.

The event will be held on:  

Date: 13 June 2024 
Time: 2pm – 7pm
Venue: Stonehaven Town Hall, 36 Allardice Street, Stonehaven, AB39 2BU 

If you are unable to attend the public event all the material that will be on display will be available to be downloaded from the project website.

Please let us know if you require information in an adapted format such as paper copy, large print or braille and we will work with you to accommodate your preferences. We are happy to accommodate all reasonable requests for adapted communications.

Status of Library Service High on Agenda for Community Council

Outside of County Building with CAB logos on windows

STONEHAVEN and District Community Council will hold their AGM this evening before continuing with their business meeting,,

The status of the town’s library is high on the agenda . SDCC have contacted Aberdeenshire Council’s area manager Tim Stephen, seeking reassurance/ an update on the continued provision of this service for tonight’s meeting.

And the state of play of the projects benefiting from the £1.8 million participatory budget will also be highlighted and discussed.

Stonehaven & District Community Council meet in the old court room tonight, June 11 at 7:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend or can join via Zoom (Link Below). The full agendas of both the AGM and the business meeting are below.

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Meeting ID: 810 1261 2405

Passcode: 560652

Stonehaven & District Community Council AGM: 11th June 2024 @ 7pm


  1. Chairperson’s Welcome
  2. Roll-call
  3. Community Council’s Annual Report: Chairperson David Lawman
  4. Consideration and approval of the independently verified Statement of Accounts & proposed budget for the forthcoming year: Treasurer Mike Ogden
  5. Consideration and approval of the AGM Minutes 2023: Secretary Alistair Lawrie
  6. Consideration and approval of the Business Meeting program for the forthcoming year: Chairperson
  7. The approval of the Annual Budget: Treasurer
  8. The proposed changes to the constitution and standing orders largely relate to single election and co- option arrangements being introduced by Aberdeenshire Council Across the Shire

Stonehaven & District Community Council Business Meeting: 11th June 2024 @ 7pm


  1. Chairperson’s Welcome:
  2. Roll-call:
  3. Apologies & Declarations of Interest:
  4. The Library Status
  5. Stonehaven Participatory Budgeting – Update
  6. Matters Arising from Previous Minutes:
    1. SSEN Kintore -Tealing 400kV Connection and Hurlie (Fetteresso Forest) 400kV Substation –


  • Royal Mail Building – IH
    • Aberdeenshire Council Updates – Storm Damage Updates (Harbour / Board Walk / Promenade Steps); Redclock Park); Library Opening Hours; Fly Posting.
    • Community Storage – JS
  • Approval of Previous Minutes (14th May 2024)
  • Police Report
  • Planning Report
  • SDCC Committees / Sub-Groups (Only Report if Applicable)
    • Local Development Plan / Local Place Plan – MO – Next Meeting 10/07/2024
    • Invercarron Resource Centre / Older People’s Services – RC / IH
    • Community Resilience Plan – Update – MO – Next Meeting TBC
    • Achères & Stonehaven Twinning Partnership – Next Meeting TBC
    • Swim the Bay – JS / NM / SMcQ (Next Meeting 25/06/2024)
  • Outside Bodies / Committees (Brief Reports)
    • Transport Action Kincardine-shire (TRAK) – IH – Next Meeting TBC
    • Town Centre Improvement Group – AL/DL – Next Meeting TBC
    • Kincardine and Mearns Community Council Forum – DL / RC / IH – Next Meeting TBC
    • Kincardine and Mearns Community Planning Group – IH
  • Treasurer’s Report: – (See Supporting Documents) – MO
  • Correspondence: AL
  • AOCB (NB special circumstance items only)
  • Date of Next Meetings:

Agenda Discussion Meeting: 6th August 2024 @ 7pm

AGM followed by Business Meeting: 13th August 2024 @ 7pm

A Printer With Heritage – James A Bruce

A selection of heritage booklets printed by Mr Bruce

By Gordon Ritchie MVO DL

I was very sorry to hear recently of the death of James Bruce, retired Printer and Stationer, Stonehaven.

Anyone who was in business in Stonehaven over the past 50 years, or run a local Club or Society or Charity during that time, will always remember the ever helpful Jimmy Bruce when they needed printing work done, whether it was letterheads, posters, syllabus cards, or his speciality, raffle tickets. Nothing was too much trouble, even when you left it to the last minute.

When I formed the Heritage Society in 1987, Jimmy Bruce printed the first book of photographs, ‘Stonehaven of Old’ and over the next 30 years, several more books, one of the last being George Swapp’s book on Stonehaven Street Names. From 2000, he also printed the quarterly Stanehyve magazine, and his helpfulness even extended to pointing out errors which I had missed in the text.

It was always a pleasure to visit his printing works in Cameron Street, entering by the main door, with the staircase piled high with printing orders ready to go out. I always sneeked a look to see what was there, raffle tickets for the WRI, invoices for a local garage, or at election time, piles of posters and flyers. Although he still had what looked to be old fashioned machines, he was also up to date with computers, which has obviously changed the printing industry. He was sadly missed when he retired 5 years ago.

Our condolences go to his wife Thora and family at this sad time. He will always be remembered when you look at one of the Heritage books, with his name at the end. ‘Printed by James A. Bruce, Stonehaven.’

General Election candidates confirmed

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

The candidates for the UK Parliamentary General Election standing in the three constituencies overseen by Aberdeenshire Council have been confirmed.

The candidates for the election on Thursday, July 4, are as follows:

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

  • Kate Blake (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Andrew Campbell Bowie (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Brandon Innes (Reform UK)
  • Iris Alexandra Leask (Independent)
  • William Stanley Raymond Linegar (Scottish Greens)
  • David Allen Neill (no stated party)
  • Glen David Reynolds (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Michael John Turvey (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Aberdeenshire North and Moray East

  • Ian Bailey (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Andy Brown (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Jo Hart (Reform UK)
  • Seamus Logan (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Douglas Gordon Ross (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)

Gordon and Buchan

  • Nurul Hoque Ali (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Kris Callander (Reform UK)
  • Harriet Cross (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Richard Gordon Thomson (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Conrad James Wood (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

The information above, including details of polling places, can also be found at

What are your views on Aberdeenshire’s public open spaces?

playpark climbing frame

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

We all know public open space is good for us – whether it’s a sense of place around where we live or a place to take the kids on a Sunday afternoon to kick a ball around. 

It might be a place to undertake vigorous exercise, a place where children can play as explorers and treasure hunters, or simply a place to meet, sit or walk and enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty of Aberdeenshire.

Our local open spaces are important for everyone.

As part of the production of the next Local Development Plan, which identifies new land for housing, Aberdeenshire Council wants to know what people think of their existing local parks and playgrounds.

Over the past 12 months, an audit of open space within towns and villages across Aberdeenshire was undertaken, and the council now wants to hear the views of people who live near these places as to whether the conclusions of the audit are accurate.

Now Aberdeenshire Council is making all the information collected through the audit available for public comment with maps being developed highlighting the types and quality of both open space and play areas across the region.

An online consultation is now live which asks people to reflect on what the Local Development Plan team has found, and an online map will allow residents to view the data collected to-date. It will close on Friday, July 26.

Over the next eight weeks people can express their views on the collected information through the Engage Aberdeenshire LDP consultation hub where people can express their views and identify what they would like to see in terms of future provision.

The questionnaire and the documents are available at

Project lead, council policy planner Alison Hogge, explains: “Open space provides an important function in our urban areas and it’s vital that we know whether the open space that we currently have is still fit for purpose or whether – given the challenges of climate change and impact on biodiversity – they are still meeting modern needs and demands.

“Since the last audit in 2008, Aberdeenshire has seen significant built development and it’s now an appropriate time to for us to re-evaluate open space to ensure that we can plan for needs in the future.”

The Local Development Plan team has used a template provided by the Scottish Government to undertake the audit which identifies all play areas and open space over or around the size of three tennis courts. Officers have assessed them to understand the quantity and quality of the different open space types and whether they are accessible to all within the community.

Assessing the ‘play sufficiency’ in our towns and villages has also been an important task, and the council has identified, evaluated and assessed opportunities for play. 

Paul Macari, Head of Planning and Economy, added: “A key part of that process has been finding out what young people think of current provision and getting their views on what open space Aberdeenshire Council will need to provide in the future. We’ve engaged with all our schools together with parent councils so we could also ask parents and carers to capture the views on the needs of younger children.”

Rocking at St James

St James' Church

From Paula Fogiel 





AT 7.30PM




Tickets are available from

 Paula on 07710 529694,  Anne on 01569 765793. Or Jane on 07821191211

and at the Door on the night

Visit by Scottish Chamber Orchestra

image of violinist

By Rebecca Driver Media Relations

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra will appear at Stonehaven Town Hall on Thursday 27 June, as part of its 2024 summer programme, marking the 45th anniversary of its Scotland-wide summer tours, bringing together a host of exceptional conductors and soloists to present world-class, live classical music to over 20 more remote Scottish locations.

The SCO’s musicians are celebrated throughout the Summer Tour. SCO Leader Stephanie Gonley directs a programme designed to show off the versatility of the string orchestra, with richly scored works including Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s sprightly Divertimento. Elgar’s Baroque-inspired Introduction & Allegro and Webern’s Langsamer Satz round-off the performance.

From Stranraer in the South to Thurso in the North, the SCO Summer Tour aims to build relationships with local communities, put SCO musicians centre-stage and bring world-class concerts to audiences who might otherwise not be able experience them.

Gavin Reid, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra said: “As we continue to mark our 50th Anniversary this year, we are so excited once again to be off on a tour across the length and breadth of Scotland to share the joy of live music-making. ‘

With Maxim Emelyanychev and many of our own players at the helm, it’s fitting that our 45th Summer Tour showcases more than ever the sheer range of what the SCO has to offer audiences, wherever and whoever they are. We look forward to seeing you there!’

Tickets are on sale now via

KDP Bulletin

Welcome to the KDP Bulletin.

You will now be able to access the Bulletin directly from our new website, but we will still send you the link to ensure you don’t miss any of the important information that we share on a fortnightly basis.

If there are any topics that you would be interested in seeing in the Bulletin, do let us know. We want to make it as interesting and helpful a tool as we can.

Here is the link for the Bulletin this week.

KDP is here to help in any way we can. Please get in touch if we can assist you or your Community group.

North East Crime Alert – June 2024

The North East poloice crest

By The North East Crime Reduction Team

Officers in the North East are now routinely equipped with SelectaDNA tagging spray to target those using motorbikes to commit anti-social behaviour.

Over two days Police Scotland and partners gave advice to over 1,000 rail passengers between Inverness and Galashiels about the latest frauds and scams.

We look at the most common ‘top 10’ frauds in the North East and explain the work of the detectives tracking down those responsible.

With the summer months upon us the theft of agricultural GPS equipment is again on the rise. We explain how to protect your property.

As well as a regular round-up of crime in the North East.

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