Youth Club Community Asset Transfer Approved

By Dawn Black / February 29, 2024
Sea Cadet Hall High Street Stonehaven

Kincardine & Mearns Youth Club’s application for a Community Asset Transfer 30 year lease of the Old Sea Cadet Hall on the High Street, Stonehaven was approved this morning, Thurs 29th Feb, at the meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Business Services Committee. It will become the central office of the Kincardine and Mearns Youth Clubs (KMYC) charity (Reg No SC051940) for administration and training events and the home of Stonehaven Youth Club once remedial works to bring the building up to standard are completed.

Recommended for refusal by officers, the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee made a contrary decision for approval at their meeting on Tues 12th Dec 2023, thus the decision was required to go to a higher committee.

Currently Stonehaven Youth Club runs downstairs at the Community Centre one evening a week during term time only and is in competition with other community groups for space. The club has quickly grown to having 40-50 young people attend the drop-in session every Friday evening and is bursting at the seams in the current space. In order to fulfil their ambitions and expand provision to cover different age groups and interest activities they need their own space to enable them to open more evenings each week. 

The organisation will also open the building for use by other community groups at a small cost when not used by the youth club to help with maintenance costs. They also plan to hire the hall out for teenage birthday parties at the weekends. It would also be available to the community as a respite centre during emergencies and severe weather events.