A Window into the Workings of the Area Committee

By Jane Cruickshank / January 16, 2023
Stonehaven Council offices

THE Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets in the Viewmount Chambers tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 9.30am – members of the public are welcome to attend.

Funding applications feature prominently. First, there is £71,402 to disburse from the Coastal Communities Funds. Some £50,000 is already allocated to the Mearns Heritage Coastal Trail (MERCHAT). Most of the balance is now proposed for: Catterline Community Council – £10,480.00; Newtonhill Community Council – £5,850.00; and Benholm & Johnshaven Heritage Society – £3,058.62.

Town Partnership bid for new website

Meanwhile Stonehaven Town Partnership hope to be one of the successful applicants to the Committee Budget. The town’s umbrella group holds assets such as the Former Court House and the Caravan Park on behalf of the community.

Now, they are looking for £1,897.00 towards the cost of creating and developing a website. According to the committee report, this will allow them to: ”Promote the aims and objectives of STP, highlight projects, offer support to community groups and organisations and signpost groups to funding streams.”

Window pains

Any property owner in the conservation area of Stonehaven considering new windows should have a particular interest in two items on the agenda – both are planning applications for new windows recommended for refusal by planning officers because the poposed windows will be made of UPVC.

Our councillors have requested an opportunity to discuss and determine the proposals, with reference to planning policy policy HE2 – protecting historic and cultural areas. One of the applicants is proposing heritage syle upvc sliding sash and case units – but planning officers have said they want traditional timber windows to the front of the Barclay Street property. Will the councillors agree?

The full agenda along with the committee reports detailing the funding applications and planning applications to be determined is available online.

A recording of the meeting will be posted on the Council’s YouTube channel in due course.