Funding Bid for Town Centre

deep pothole with Irn Bru can half submerged in water. beach toilets in background

STONEHAVEN projects will be put forward in a bid for funding to enhance our town centre – a major upgrade of the beachfront is a contender along with adequate disabled toilet provision.

The Scottish Government has recently announced £50 million funding to improve our town centres and stimulate their economies. Over £3 million of this amount has been earmarked for Aberdeenshire.

At this week’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, members heard from Councillor Sarah Dickinson, who said any project bidding for this money must be a capital spend and must be deliverable by March 2020.

At a meeting of the town’s key groups held last week, she said, the beachfront was identified as a candidate.

“Some 80% of visitors want to walk on the beach front,” she said. “This money is not for maintenance, it is for major improvements. For this, £250,000 would be needed.”

The need for toilets for the disabled was also highlighted. Cllr Dickinson said this provision had been envisaged in the new Court House, but this had not happened.

deep pothole with Irn Bru can half submerged in water. beach toilets in background
Current situation at beach front – potholes and business funded toilets with no disabled provision

Cllr Dennis Robertson said Changing Places Toilets were essential in Stonehaven – and he thought Stonehaven deserved this provision.

Such toilets offer the full range of hoists and other equipment, and space needed, to meet the needs of those with profound disabilities and their carers.

Cllr Dickinson said matched funding may have to be considered, but such projects would be put forward for the Stonehaven area.

She added, “It is going to be competitive, so there are no guarantees.”