Time Set for Area Committee Decision – High Noon

By bellmannews / March 4, 2024
Stonehaven Council offices

MOST often a forum for the determination of planning applications and scrutiny of policy – the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee tomorrow looks set to become a focus for the discussion of the nature of freedom of assembly versus public order concerns.

At noon tomorrow, our councillors will be asked to, ”Consider a written notice received in respect of a proposed public procession in terms of Section 62 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (the “1982 Act”) and determine the outcome of said notice in line with the statutory requirements set out in the 1982 Act.”

The public procession is organised by Dunnottar Martyrs Memorial to mark the opening of new Orange Lodge in Stonehaven. They expect some 200 people to participate including the Pride of the Rock Flute Band from Dumbarton.

Social media has seen an outpouring of unhappiness at the sectarian nature of the event – and a petition opposing the march has over 9,200 signatures.

Recognising the high degree of interest in the matter, the Council has opted to set the start time for the agenda item and will live stream the discussions

Committee papers are never light reading – but tomorrow’s report contains much to consider, including Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects the “right to freedom of peaceful assembly”.