Motorhome and Windfarm Updates for Area Committee

By Jane Cruickshank / June 8, 2021

AT this morning’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, councillors were presented with a report updating them on various matters by area manager Bruce Stewart.

The paper appears to be a new feature for the Area Committee in an effort to keep members aware of the progress of matters which have been deferred.

Motor home parking at sea front

One item of interest to Stonehaven residents is a request the committee made to the director of infrastructure services back in April 2019 – for a traffic management review of the Beach Road/Beachfront area used for motorhome parking. Councillors asked that the review would consider all known issues in Stonehaven and that a public consultation be undertaken.

Speaking at today’s meeting, Mr Stewart said officers and a budget had been identified for the review. Mr Stewart said he would very likely chair the steering group and, that after their first meeting, would be able to confirm timescales for the engagement exercise that will take place.

Wind farm site visit

Meanwhile a date has been set for a site visit to the Craigneil Windfarm proposed by Ireland’s part state-owned electricity utility company ESB, who are seeking permission for 11 turbines at land approximately 6.5km to the north west of Stonehaven and 11km south east of Banchory.

The windfarm has been championed by Stonehaven and District community councillor Jim Stephen, who is also chairman of the Stonehaven Town Partnership. Mr Stephen spoke at an SDCC meeting highlighting the £5.28 million community fund the farm would generate over its 30-year life time. This money would be shared with two other community council areas – North Kincardine Rural and Crathes, Drumoak and Durris.

The site visit is to take place on Tuesday 22 June for a report to Area Committee on 29 June.

Grateful for updates

Councillor Dennis Robertson thanked Mr Stewart for his report.

He said: ”I think this is a welcomed inclusion to our meetings and I thank Mr Stewart for it – it is very informative.”

Previously in The Bellman