FOLLOWING an appeal by social media, several residents stepped forward to bring enthusiasm and ‘positivity’ to Stonehaven and District Community Council.
And at Tuesday night’s Skype meeting, four new members were co-opted, with a fifth expected to join at the next meeting. This would bring SDCC to its full permitted complement of co-opted members.
Before co-option, each member was asked to say a few words about themselves and the contribution they would like to make.
David Lawman said he had been involved in the community since a teenager, when he volunteered at the Community Centre in the 1970s. He then joined the local Lions Club.
”I have recently taken redundancy so I have more time on my hands and would now like to contribute to the Community Council,” he said.
”I hope for more positivity in Stonehaven. Let’s shine a light on Stonehaven.”
Christine Mann, told members she would like to be a more active member of the community and understand the interaction between the community council and Aberdeenshire Council.
The former community midwife said she had a particular interest in gender health and wellbeing.
”I’m looking forward to working with all the local groups to make Stonehaven a better place for us all,” she said.
Dawn Black first moved to Stonehaven when just 14 years-old. She said motherhood had prompted her to become more involved in the town.
Working with the Stonehaven Business Association for the past three years, Mrs Black has overseen the launch of the Stunning Stonehaven website and app, and more recently the Phoenix fund application.
She said: ”I am very community minded. I feel people should get involved and not just be a keyboard warrior.
”I also feel groups should work together and would hope to do this with the Business Association and the Community Council.”
Starting up Fountainhall Wines in 2013 brought Steve McQueen to Stonehaven – a town he said he feels ‘very lucky’ to live in.
Mr McQueen has joined both the Lions Club and Stonehaven Business Association. He said he also felt positivity was important though not always reflected in our social media.
”I want to have a better understanding of how the decision making works and how to successfully put things forward to help improve the town,” he said.
New Chairman – and a vote of thanks to the old
Also at last night’s meeting, the current treasurer Bill Watson was elected as the new chairman of SDCC.
He welcomed his new members saying he would do his best to assist them to contribute fully.
”If members have ideas, I would want to support them in any way,” he said.
Standing down from his chairman role, Raymond Christie is to remain on the community council as an ordinary member.
Mr Christie, who has a long association with SDCC and who also served as an Aberdeenshire Councillor, received a vote of thanks from his fellow members.
He was described as ”a steady hand on the tiller, and one that was much needed and very effective.”
Full details of Stonehaven and District Community Council – along with a contact function – can be found on their website.