All posts in "Letters to The Bellman"

Request for Tidier Prom

By bellmannews / June 14, 2022

Dear Bellman I am very lucky to live on the beach front and am grateful for all the litter pickers , but why oh why am I faced with a pallet of sand bags? The sandbags have made a home on the walkway, dogs come along and urinate on them, then mums come with kids and […]


Council Slipping Up?

By bellmannews / June 14, 2022

Dear Bellman, There has been another land slip on Bervie Braes. To my untutored eye, the amount of earth displaced could fill 3 or even 4 wheelbarrows. The earth does not come even near the barriers next to the Braes, but yet, the road is closed. Despite the coming tourist season, the road will probably […]


Appeal for Piper’s Resting Place

By bellmannews / June 1, 2022

Dear Bellman The formal remembrance of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Falklands War, takes place on 18th June 2022. As part of these services, pipers have been asked to play the tune “The crags of tumbledown mountain” in memory of it’s composer,one of Stonehaven’s sons, Pipe Major James Riddell, who famously played […]


Time for a Rethink?

By bellmannews / May 24, 2022

Dear Bellman, This is the state of the what was our Older People’s Resource Centre.  The roof damage happened during the January storms and although it has been reported to Aberdeenshire Council numerous times they are letting the building drift into disrepair. In order to convert the building to a vaccination centre it was effectively […]


Councillor to Lodge Complaint

By bellmannews / March 14, 2022

Dear Bellman, I have attached copy of my address to the Communities Committee. I noted that at the Communities Committee I was not asked if I had thought I had a fair hearing. I will be lodging a complaint as to among other things, the lack of community involvement in the decision. I sit here […]


Maintenance Concerns for Historic Buildings

By bellmannews / February 27, 2022

Dear Bellman, The restrictions surrounding COVID are to be relaxed in March and the Museum, which also operates the Clock Tower would like to re-open it. That cannot happen until Aberdeenshire Council do electrical repairs, notification of which they received some considerable time ago.  The place also requires to be cleaned. The refurbishment of the […]


Highlighting Need for ATMs

By bellmannews / February 25, 2022

Dear Bellman The Consumer Association, Which?  Is highlighting the decline in access to cash and banking services across the UK and have compiled some interesting statistics about the number of closures around the country. I was quite surprised and concerned to discover that almost 70% of bank branches and free-to-use ATMs have been closed down […]


Fair Play on Potholes?

By bellmannews / February 3, 2022

Dear Bellman This is idle speculation, but I wonder if Stonehaven will be better served by Aberdeenshire Council’s Road Department in 2022. In 2021, I was advised by the head of that Department that, “A contractor, Hunter Construction, has now been appointed to take forward the patching contract for Stonehaven with a start date proposed for […]


Councillor Says Invercarron Resource Centre Should Return to its Original Purpose

By bellmannews / December 17, 2021

Dear Bellman First it must be made clear that the Invercarron Resource Centre belongs to Aberdeenshire Council and not Grampian Health Board. The Health & Social Care Partnership vacated the building. After the devastation caused by storm ARWEN when thousands of homes were without power throughout Aberdeenshire which caused considerable hardship for residents, it is […]


The Baird Family, Rickarton Estate and Stonehaven

By bellmannews / October 19, 2021

I have become aware that there is a bit of chat on social media and around Stonehaven about myself and Rickarton Estate and I hope you will allow me time to put my side of the story. By way of background, the Bairds bought the Auchmedden Estate, near Fraserburgh, in 1534 and Alexander Baird bought […]

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