Community Council Sets Agenda

By Jane Cruickshank / August 13, 2022

BATTLE lines and matters of importance were made apparent at this week’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council.

This was the first meeting of a newly-elected SDCC after a summer break. At first glance you could have said there was nothing much on the agenda – new chairman David Lawman was merely seeking to attend to various housekeeping items including finding out who was willing to sit on various sub-committees.

But the very nature of those groups give a strong indication of the tasks in hand for SDCC in the coming months.

Invercarron Resource Centre

The Community Council is making a participation request to Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership in a bit to have a say in their delivery of their services.

At Tuesday’s meeting members heard the forms had been completed. Advice is now being sought from our area manager, Bruce Stewart, on the next steps.

A radio and some candles

We have just passed the two-year anniversary of that most dreadful day in 2020 when Stonehaven witnessed both a fatal train derailment and flash flooding. And every day we still see the fallen evidence of more recent unprecedented winter storms – so there is little need to explain why a well thought out action plan is needed for our community.

Mr Lawman made it clear SDCC were not an emergency service – but they do have a roll to play in creating a defined approach to community resilience. One member, Janine Esson, is working on this matter, others were asked to join a group.

In the meantime, Mr Lawman hammered home the preparations we should all be making.

”Get a radio, get some candles,” he said.

Cllr Dawn Black told members Aberdeenshire Council is putting together a list of vulnerable people which she said would then be kept up-to-date – this should ensure those in most need will be speedily helped should problems arise.

Creating a vision for Stonehaven’s future growth

The Scottish Government has introduced a new facet to local development plans. The current system sees what is in effect a developers’ bun-fight, with housebuilders vying to have their proposals accepted as the best way forward.

Now, communities can have their say by producing a Local Place Plan. Requiring consultation, this is a collective vision of what amenities the town needs – and where we think these homes, schools, leisure amenities etc should be.

As long as the Local Place Plan has been undertaken in the correct manner, it would have status in the bigger picture. Developers’ aspirations would have to be measured against the community’s declared wishes.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Mr Lawman raised concerns for the loss of sports fields that would be brought about at Mackie Academy by the proposed replacement Dunnottar and Carronhill Schools.

He said: ” If you are going to take the the space at Mackie, how are you going to replace it?”

A Local Place Plan would answer that question.