STREET lighting repair response times are below the desired service standard due to Aberdeenshire Council having a shortage of qualified electricians – according to a report before our councillors at the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee when they meet tomorrow.
This information is contained within the latest Environment and Infrastructure Services performance update prepared for councillors.
Another area of concern is the time taken to resolve homeless cases. According to the committee paper, there are more homeless households wishing to be housed in Stonehaven than the number of Council homes becoming vacant in a year – hence the difficulty in meeting the need.
Built heritage concerns
Meanwhile the aesthetics of timber versus galvanised steel will come under discussion when the committee is asked to determine a planning application for the installation of a covered bike shelter and tool station at Bike Remedy’s premises on Ann Street.
The Council’s built heritage service has lodged an objection as they feel a timber structure would be more appropriate to the setting of the shelter – adjacent to a Category B-listed building within Stonehaven Conservation Area.
Planners however have recommended the application is granted. They say it will be an acceptable development that will assist in the provision of a sustainable transport infrastructure.
Urie Crescent Gates
Since a change to the Council’s planning Scheme of Governance last year, far fewer planning applications are coming before councillors. So it is somewhat surprising that an application for the installation of gates and fences at 15 Urie Crescent is tabled for determination by the Area Committee.
However three of our ward councillors – Cllrs Black, Dickinson and Turner – have requested the proposals are brought before them for discussion. The application has also received 10 letters of objection citing concerns including impact on the conservation area, road safety and possible impediment to access to neighbouring garages.
However, with concerns of access being described as, ‘civil and/or legal matters that are not a material planning consideration,’ planners have recommended the application is granted.
The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets at Viewmount chamber tomorrow, October 31, at 9.30am. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The full agenda and attached reports are available online.