New Boutique for Stonehaven

From Moyra Smart –

I live locally and have wanted to run a boutique for a while, so I’ve been waiting for the perfect location to become available, which I think I ‘ve much got – I’m situated at 15, Barclay Street, Stonehaven and called Lola Boutique. 

My shop offers on trend, affordable fashion, locally.  I really enjoy helping ladies decide what styles suit them and give an honest opinion.  I listen to my customers’ requests and if I don’t have that special something in store I will try and source it for them.

Bra bank

I also have a bra bank in store for ladies to recycle old and unused bras. It helps the Against Breast Cancer charity and a small business in Africa – and saves bras going in the bin and to landfill. 

If you’d like to keep up to date with what we have in stock from week to week, you will find me on Facebook and Instagram – look for lola.boutique.stonehaven

Does your business have some news to share? email: news@thebellman.co.uk

Chaos and Community Council Split Over Riverside Proposals

IT APPEARS Stonehaven and District Community Council will make no comment on proposals for a house and community amenities at Riverside Drive after a chaotic vote on the matter provided no clear outcome.

David Morisson wants to build a bungalow on the belt of land he currently owns and maintains. This land is outside the settlement boundary, so classed as countryside. If he gains permission Mr Morisson will transfer ownership of the remaining swathe of land to the Stonehaven Town Partnership, with areas allocated to three community groups – the Horizon Group, Grampian Tigers Youth Cycling Club and the Scouts.

The debate over what has proved a contentious planning application was carefully orchestrated before this week’s SDCC meeting – ten minutes were allocated each to those speaking in favour, against and to the community councillors themselves for discussion.

Spokesmen stepped forward for the Stonehaven Town Partnership, the Horizon Group, Grampian Tigers and the Scouts – all described the benefit new amenities would bring to their members old and young and to the community at large.

Riverside resident Gillian Wishart then took the floor and summarised many of the objections listed by those opposing the scheme – including condemming Mr Morrison’s current stewardship of the land saying it resulted in ‘monoculture’.

Community Councillors’ Comments

Two community councillors took no part in the vote or the discussions as they also represent STP.

David Lawman was the first to speak in support of Mr Morisson’s application; he focused on the benefit to the community, which he felt was greater than that offered by past developers.

He said: ”This is one house, yes, a big one, but the pay back to the community is significant.”

Mr Lawman said the housing estate where he lived brought only a play park.

He added: ”To me this is something positive from one house, in comparison to what a lot of builders have done over the past 20 to 30 years.”

But the nature of the link between the proposed house and the community benefit made Ian Hunter uncomfortable.

”Are we now in a situation in planning matters that people can offer us money if they get plans through?” he said.

The only way the proposals could be legitimate, he said, is if it was a builder with a number of houses – so perhaps that is how it could be viewed.

”But I am very concerned about the linkage,” he added.

Paddy Coffield said we have planning policies for a reason – and the land was countryside.

”If you look at the size of the house and how it encroaches onto that area, it is quite unjust,” he said.

He found support in Janine Esson, who said she used the land herself and didn’t think SDCC should support the house being built on countryside – though she felt having the land transferred to STP would ‘be amazing’.

Alistair Lawrie asked if anything currently prevented the Scouts from using the land.

He added: ”I feel the problem of the house is just too great.”

In the end, chaos and no comment

Paddy Coffield restated his objection saying the number of current users of Mr Morisson’s land might outnumber those who would benefit from the community transfer. He proposed a motion to oppose the application – and it appeared this was going to be accepted as a conclusion by the chairman Bill Watson.

But Ian Hunter said there should be a count of votes.

David Lawman swiftly countered Mr Coffield’s motion and found a seconder – and so it went to the vote.

The confusion caused by a motion to oppose the application with the counter proposition against the motion to oppose, turned the whole process into chaos.

This was compounded by the difficult mix of online and in person contributions. The exact result of the vote is even yet to be confirmed by checking the recording of the meeting – but there were clearly almost equal numbers voting in support of the application, against it, or choosing to abstain.

Alistair Lawrie noted the even split and said the community council should move away from the motion. Nothing further was said as the chairman turned immediately on to the next item on the agenda.

Has the nature of this discussion interested you?

If it has, and if you would have liked to voice your opinion on behalf of your community, then now is the time to consider becoming a member of SDCC as all 20 seats round the table come vacant for re-election next month. An actual election will only be required in the somewhat unlikely event of more than 20 candidates coming forward.

Featured image – the bungalow that may be too high a price to pay for the land becoming a community asset.

SDCC Public Meeting

Stonehaven and District Community Council are holding a Public Meeting on Tuesday the 24th May, starting at 7pm in Stonehaven Town Hall to discuss the current and future provision of support and activities for our older people, now the Invercarron Resource Centre is being converted into a vaccination centre.

The meeting will be split in to three parts:
• Part 1 – Highlighting the local desire for the Invercarron Resource Centre to be retained / returned to its original use.
• Part 2 – This the main focus of our meeting to press Aberdeenshire Council / Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) to provide an alternative venue within the town for our older people’s groups and activities. This should be more than a room, preferably the same room: With suitable access; With appropriate seating (firm chairs with high backs / arm rests etc.) and tables etc.; Access to toilets (on same floor) with room for walking aids etc., Plus additional full disables facilities; Access to facilities for making teas and coffees; and Access to facilities to support the serving of food (for Lunch club’s etc.)
• Part 3 – What are the long-term plans to support our older people, including: The provision of a development worker beyond the initial period to support our older people’s groups and the plans for older people’s support, both for thoses needing a lot of support and for thoses who only need a little support with access to clubs and groups for their wellbeing.

All are invited, please share this information widely with older people who may not have access to the internet.

Furniture Lodge Sale

view up beach lane to lodge

From Lenny Lawrence

The Furniture Lodge, Cowie Lane Stonehaven is opening for a weekend SALE on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May from 10am to 3pm.

We have a good selection of new 4 metre carpets, dining and kitchen tables, sets of chairs, easy chairs, leather sofas, beds, books, a full drum kit plus, ceramics, glassware, cutlery, bric-a-brac and more.

We are also looking for volunteers, to enable full time opening, for a range of duties including retail work, admin, van driving.

Come along, browse and get a bargain.  The trustees will be happy to assist.

The Furniture Lodge is a registered chairty. The organisation’s Purposes are:

The advancement of environmental protection by establishing a community social enterprise which will raise awareness of, and provide local solutions to, waste reduction, re-cycling and re-use issues.

This enterprise will seek to reduce the amount of re-usable items currently being sent to landfill while promoting an awareness of waste reduction, recycling and re-use issues.

It also aims to educate the public as to the benefits of donating or buying reusable items which would otherwise end up in landfill.

The relief of those in need by providing work and training opportunities for disadvantaged members of the local community, alongside paid employment, volunteering and retraining opportunities.

Action For Cameron Street Residents

pile of sandbags against property

RESIDENTS of Cameron Street attended last night’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council looking for help with ongoing mess and disruption caused by the Carron flood protection works.

Paddy Coffield introduced the matter saying residents were frustrated by the lack of communication from Aberdeenshire Council. And he said they were concerned about the height of the riverside wall to be built as it was now1.7m not 1.5m as they were first informed.

”It means their gardens will be in permanent shade,” he said.

Catherine Victor said another issue they have is the mess at the front of their houses, which all have doors opening directly onto the street. She called for better sweeping of both the pavements and the road.

As she was also concerned about the height of the wall, Ms Victor said she had spoken to the officer in charge of the project. She said she was advised decking would be installed.

”I want that guaranteed,” she said.

Like a war zone

David Lawman suggested a meeting should be held between the council and the householders.

Lil Wood said a meeting would be an excellent idea. She said the residents had been coping with disruption for two years and faced another two years before the works would be complete.

She said: ”We don’t have a back garden, we have a culvert. It is like a war zone with buses, dustbins and lorries.”

Later in the meeting she said the cost of gutter cleaning had increased from £70 to £1,000 due to the difficulty accessing the properties.

”There is water coming in our houses because the gutters cannot be cleaned,” she said.

Community council to facilitate meeting

David Lawman said: ”The residents of Cameron Street are looking for action. We are needing to get the key people round a table with the residents.”

A unanimous show of hands brought the resolution for SDCC to facilitate a meeting between householders, Aberdeenshire Council and McLaughlin Harvey the flood works contractors.

featured image – resident Brian Menzies also highlighted abandoned sandbags, litter and a poorly maintained road at Cameron Street

Author Talk at Stonehaven Library

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Join the Live Life Aberdeenshire library team at Stonehaven Library for an author talk with local author Roy Burnett on Monday 23rd May 7 – 8 pm.

Roy will be talking about his debut novel ‘Eye for an Eye,’ a story of espionage that follows a Scottish ex-army officer as he leads the fight against a key financial source of Middle-East terrorism!

This novel takes the reader from local Royal Deeside, to the Middle-East. Join Roy as he share his journey into writing, including the level of research required for his debut novel.

Booking is essential. To book your place go to https://tinyurl.com/2p967c7w

Choir Spring Back into Action

From Marilyn Cusine –

Stonehaven Choral are holding their spring concert in St. James Church, Arbuthnott Street, Stonehaven, on Sunday 22nd May at 7.30pm.

This will be our first spring concert since 2019 as others have had to be postponed like so many things due to covid restrictions, so we are greatly looking forward to performing once again.

Under the leadership of our musical director, Ralph Jamieson, the choral are singing Requiem No.1 in C minor by Cherubini and Chandos  Anthem No.2 by Handel.

The choir will be accompanied by organist Peter Shepherd who is assistant organist at Paisley Abbey and by local musicians, namely violinists Andrew and Emily Birse and cellist Ali Macdonald.

Christian Schneeberger, tenor, who has previously sung with the choral will be performing the solos in the Chandos Anthems.

Tickets priced £15 ( under 16 free ) are available from members and at the door on the night

Affected by Autism?

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

Aberdeenshire-wide Autism Strategy for Children, Young People and Adults

Engagement Phase : Evening Discussion Group

We are pleased to announce that we plan to host an Evening Discussion/Working Group to share ideas and discuss the development of our next Aberdeenshire Autism Strategy.

We would like to welcome everyone to engage with us, including autistic individuals, parents/carers, professionals and representatives from charitable organisations.

Autistic individuals are invited to join. No formal diagnosis necessary. Individuals who self-identify as autistic are welcome.
We are interested in hearing your views on what should be in our next Aberdeenshire-wide Autism Strategy.

Topics of discussion will include:
– What have we achieved so far
– What could we do better at
– Listen to each other’s experiences
– Pick out what are most important to us

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2022
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm with a break
Held online via MS Teams


This group will be facilitated by Lynsey Stewart, formerly of Autism Network Scotland and now at L-Mac Consultancy, who self-identifies as neurodivergent.  Lynsey will be assisted by Victoria Buchan, who is a Team Manager in the Community Mental Health Team (Central), Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership

If would like to join this group, please click on the following link or copy and paste and complete the online form. Please submit form by 12noon on Friday 20th May 2022:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=BpPZ_i1NCUSVndDttzBKCxBgMUErECdDrTbqN3_DSztUQTlUU1ZKUEc1R0VDTUxUQkc1Rk80RUNQSi4u

Should you require any further information and ask any questions, please send an email to autismstrategy@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. Thank you.

Community Council – Contentious Planning Application on Agenda

view across Carron to the land owned by Mr Morrison

A STONEHAVEN man’s bid to build a bungalow on land outside the town’s settlement boundary is up for discussion at tomorrow evening’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council.

If his planning application is successful, David Morisson will transfer the land in his ownership to Stonehaven Town Partnership, with parts allocated to various community groups – land for allotments/Horizon Group, an area where Grampian Tigers Youth Cycling Club want to provide a children’s cycling skills trail, and a Scouts’ adventure and recreation area.

Mr Morisson’s proposals for his land at Riverside Drive have met with a large number of objections from those living nearby or from those who like to walk there – some 66 representations have been made opposing the scheme, while 19 are in support.

As you will see from the agenda below, time has been allocated for those speaking for and against the planning application before the members of the community council decide their preferred vision for the swathe of land.

Join the meeting to hear the discussions

Tomorrow night’s meeting can be attended in person at the former court room in the County Buildings on Dunnottar Avenue, or via Zoom – the meeting starts at 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 9376 2036

Passcode: 672809

Agenda: Stonehaven and District Community Council,

Business Meeting, 10th May 2022, 7pm

  1. Chairperson’s Welcome
  • Roll-call & recording?:  KS
  • Apologies & Declarations of Interest
  • Police Report & Matters Arising
  • Land at Riverside Drive

– 10 mins (total, all contributions) in support of application

– 10 mins (total, all contributions) in opposition to application

– 10 mins debate, CC members only

  • Public meeting: Immediate daycare services In Stonehaven
  • Future of Invercarron Centre after six months review period
  • Fly posting damage
  • Approval of last minute
  1. Matters Arising from Last Minute

          – impact of flood defence works on residents of Cameron Steet

  1. Planning Report & Reviews: KS
  1. Treasurer’s Report: DL
  1. Correspondence: AL/DB/PC
  2. Community Council Elections: AL
  1. AOCB (NB special circumstance items only)
  1. Date of Next Meetings:
  2. Public meeting, daycare services in Stonehaven: 24th May 2022
  3. Agenda Discussion Meeting: 7th June 2022
  4. AGM: 14th June 2022
  5. Business Meeting: 14th June 2022

Caried forward to future meetings:

  • Traffic Management consultation, second stage
  • Mackie Academy Campus
  • Local Place Plans
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