All posts in "Letters to The Bellman"

No Budget for Baby Changing?

By bellmannews / April 19, 2024

Dear Bellman, I was pleased to read your recent article on the progress of Stonehaven Leisure Centre. The sooner we have Stonehaven back open with our all singing/dancing facilities the better, as what Live life Aberdeenshire are doing with our alternative facilities at Portlethen Swimming Pool is nothing short of negligence. I take my son […]


Beware of Pothole

By bellmannews / April 12, 2024

Dear Bellman There is a pothole at the junction of Mary Street and Robert Street, which has been there for months. It is getting larger, surprise,surprise. It cannot be seen during the hours of darkness, nor when it is raining. If a cyclist goes into it, the consequences for the cyclist and the Council could […]


Bay Name Challenge

By bellmannews / April 5, 2024

Dear Bellman A friend recently asked me where Botany Bay got its name and having done a lot of looking online, I can’t find much information. I wondered if any of your local community knows the answer? Even the old maps are proving fruitless as many early cartographers seem to just use the overriding ‘Stonehaven […]


Road Proposal for Promenade

By bellmannews / February 15, 2024

Dear Bellman Following last week’s heavy seas, there has been much speculation on social media about what should be done with Stonehaven Beach and Promenade. Certainly the concrete promenade from the Cowie to Salmon Lane has been there since the 1960s  and I have said previously that Stonehaven deserves something better. I was browsing old Mearns Leaders and found that the […]


Seeing Red About Lights

By bellmannews / February 7, 2024

Dear Bellman, (sent Tuesday, February 6) Contgratulations to Aberdeenshire Council for a traffic mismanagement scheme on the road leading from David Street to the AWPR. A third-world country would be embarrassed by this. Initially, there was a 4-way system controlled by traffic lights. It did not seem to occur to anyone in the Council to […]


Do You Know a Community Hero?

By Jane Cruickshank / January 22, 2024

Dear Sir I write on behalf of Stonehaven and District Community Council, Stonehaven Business Association and our local churches to intimate that we would like to request nominations for the 2024 Community Award. The award will be given to a person who is over 18 years of age and who has achieved outstanding achievement, excellence […]


Wabbit after Babet

By bellmannews / November 3, 2023

Dear Bellman Communities across Scotland are licking their wounds and no more so than the North East of Scotland. I’m sure it’s left us all a wee bit wabbit after Babet! The boardwalk is torn up by the Easterly storm and the area is strewn with flotsam and jetsam. Seaweed appears to be our new […]


Motion Praising Horizon’s Work

By bellmannews / September 22, 2023

Dear Sir, Tess White MSP would like to congratulate Stonehaven Horizon on recently being awarded a Certificate of Recognition at the Beautiful Scotland awards. As a way to recognise and celebrate this success, Tess has submitted a Parliamentary motion to the Scottish Parliament praising the ongoing work of everyone involved. The motion submitted is detailed […]


Pot Holes and the Post Office Hole

By bellmannews / July 16, 2023

Dear Bellman I wrote recently to the Council about Stonehaven’s collection of pot-holes. Some are of such a vintage that they could be for consideration by the Antiques Road Show. I mentioned Thomson Terrace where to me there is less road surface than pot-hole. However, the response was that a “couple of defects” had been […]


Open Secret

By bellmannews / May 19, 2023

Dear Bellman Would you like to know a secret? Stonehaven Leisure Centre is closing for refurbishment. That is not, of course, a secret, as most, if not all, users know that. What is a secret is when the closure will be. The staff at the Centre do not know and, sadly, there are some who […]

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