RESIDENTS of Cameron Street attended last night’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council looking for help with ongoing mess and disruption caused by the Carron flood protection works.
Paddy Coffield introduced the matter saying residents were frustrated by the lack of communication from Aberdeenshire Council. And he said they were concerned about the height of the riverside wall to be built as it was now1.7m not 1.5m as they were first informed.
”It means their gardens will be in permanent shade,” he said.
Catherine Victor said another issue they have is the mess at the front of their houses, which all have doors opening directly onto the street. She called for better sweeping of both the pavements and the road.
As she was also concerned about the height of the wall, Ms Victor said she had spoken to the officer in charge of the project. She said she was advised decking would be installed.
”I want that guaranteed,” she said.
Like a war zone
David Lawman suggested a meeting should be held between the council and the householders.
Lil Wood said a meeting would be an excellent idea. She said the residents had been coping with disruption for two years and faced another two years before the works would be complete.
She said: ”We don’t have a back garden, we have a culvert. It is like a war zone with buses, dustbins and lorries.”
Later in the meeting she said the cost of gutter cleaning had increased from £70 to £1,000 due to the difficulty accessing the properties.
”There is water coming in our houses because the gutters cannot be cleaned,” she said.
Community council to facilitate meeting
David Lawman said: ”The residents of Cameron Street are looking for action. We are needing to get the key people round a table with the residents.”
A unanimous show of hands brought the resolution for SDCC to facilitate a meeting between householders, Aberdeenshire Council and McLaughlin Harvey the flood works contractors.
featured image – resident Brian Menzies also highlighted abandoned sandbags, litter and a poorly maintained road at Cameron Street