Last Tuesday’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee is now available on YouTube.
One matter to note was Chairman Wendy Agnew’s announcement that the final exempt item on the agenda – procurement for works at the Invercarron Resource Centre – was withdrawn by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership.
A Spokesperson for the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership later said, “An exempt paper which was due for consideration at the most recent Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee was withdrawn and will now be put forward to the next available meeting of the committee.”
No support for changes to planning delegation
Stonehaven and Ditstric Community Council members will no doubt be satisfied that Councillors echoed the concerns they raised about proposed changes to planning delegations. One change proposed is to raise the number of objections triggering a notification to nine or fewer, with ten valid objections bringing a direct committee referral.
A very long discussion on the paper starts at 00:10:00 – and continues until 1:15:00 with clarification on the motion and the vote when the committee rejects the proposals by 8 votes to three.
Plans for pollinators
One item on the agenda that will interest those with concerns for the environment is the council’s draft pollinator plan. Members’ discussion starts at appoximately 1:22:00. Cllr George Carr speaks quite strongly against the introduction of wildflower beds saying he was very much in favour of enhancing pollinators – but feels the planting should be restricted to planters. Poor maintenance, he said, leads to weeds and problems with fouling and litter.
Meanwhile Cllr Sarah Dickinson said public buy-in was needed. And, a balance should be struck between the benefit to pollinators and small mammals, with a need for our open spaces to look ‘groomed’. Cllr Wendy Agnew echoed these concerns saying wildflower areas should be restricted to the edges of parks.
The draft Pollinator Action Plan can be found online.