Graveyard Extension on Agenda

By Jane Cruickshank / January 22, 2024
Stonehaven Council offices

A PROPOSED extension to the Fetteresso Cemetery is on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

The local authority is seeking full planning permission for the change of use of the land to allow the formation of vehicular access and parking, along with the extension of the existing cemetery. Officers have recommended Concillors approve the proposals when they come before them at tomorrow’s meeting.

Why having projects good to go is important – aka you snooze you lose

Every now and then, the local authority finds itself with pots of money to be spent – fast. Such is the situation the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee finds itself in with the Coastal Communities Fund, where an underspend of £13,187.48 has become available but must be used by the end of March.

If officer recommendations are agreed, Stonehaven will benefit to the tune of £3,187.48 for new signage at Bervie Braes, the Cowie laybye and the Craw’s Nest. The bulk of the money, £10,000, will wing its way south to the Mearns Heritage Coastal Trail, where a schedule of repairs has been costed and match funding secured .

And there’s more. And sometimes, tight spending deadlines are just too difficult to meet. On November 30 Aberdeenshire Council received an additional £755,232 from Crown Estate Scotland for use this financial year.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area will receive £94,404 to award via the Coastal Communities Fund. And, while the Council has asked Scottish Government for permission to carry the fund spend forward, they want applications submitted by March 1 so the allocations at least, can meet the deadline.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meets tomorrow (Tuesday January 23) in the Viewmount Chamber. The meeting is open to the public. The full agenda and associated committee papers are available online.

Jane Cruickshank - January 23, 2024

Thank you Margaret – I’ve just updated the story. Well done you for such a good name. I have often wondered where it came from!

Margaret Ross - January 22, 2024

Pleased to read the suggestion for new signage proposed at tomorrow’s meeting. However this area was named, by me as a volunteer in the newly formed Horizon Group as the Craw’s Nest not the Crow’s Nest.

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