Friends and Forest Turbines

By Jane Cruickshank / February 6, 2023
Stonehaven Council offices

A SPLASH of cash for the Open Air Pool and the news of additional wind turbines at Fetteresso Forest are both on the agenda at this week’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

The Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming pool have applied to the Area Committee Budget for £999 match funding towards the cost of producing a leaflet promoting the pool and providing information for visitors.

A further application from the Dickson Memorial Hall, Laurencekirk, for £4,077.60 towards the cost of essential repairs will also be considered.

It is coming close to the end of the year for the Committee’s 2022/23 budget. Assuming both applications are approved, some £8,726.47 will remain – and can still be made available to local groups meeting the criteria. If no suitable application is made, then the Committee is asked to agree the surplus funding is directed towards projects contained within the Stonehaven Traffic Management Review.

Fetteresso Forest Wind Farm

Our councillors will also be asked to note the permission granted for 10 wind turbines at Fetteresso Forest. As the the turbines measuring up to 200m at blade tips are an extension to the Mid Hill wind farm, the application was determined by Scottish Ministers with Aberdeenshire Council being a consultee – they objected stating the proposal would result in an unacceptable visual impact upon the surrounding area..

A public local inquiry was held virtually in November 2021. The Reporter agreed the development would bring ‘significant visual impact’ when viewed from the Cairn O’Mount – but concluded the benefits
in terms of contributing towards sustainable development would outweigh the visual impact harm.

Public welcome at Area Committee meeting

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets at the Viewmount chamber tomorrow, Tuesday February 7 at 10am. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The full agenda and associated reports are available online.