Community Council AGM and New Members

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STONEHAVEN and District Community Council is holding its AGM tomorrow evening (Tuesday) before conducting its normal business meeting, which will see the introduction members old and new.

Following a recent election process, a number of new representatives will join those sitting around the table. As the maximum quota of 20 was not reached, no vote was required, with all candidates becoming members. They are:

Adam Cadamerteri, Alistair Lawrie, Andrew McArdle, Caroline Evans, Daniel Veltman, David Lawman, Donald Lawrie Morrison, Fiona Tavendale, Ian Hunter, James Morrison, Janine Esson, Jim Stephen, Julia Lawrie Morrison, Michael Ogden, Phil Mills-Bishop, Raymond Christie and Steven McQueen.

During the AGM, Cllr Sarah Dickinson will assist in the election of office bearers. And during the business meeting, each community councillor will introduce themselves in turn.

The community council meets at 7pm in the former Court House in the County Building. You are welcome to attend in person, or to join via Skype

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Agenda: Stonehaven and District Community Council,

AGM Agenda

Tuesday 14th June 2021 at 7.00pm, via Skype and in-person at Sheriff Court Building

  1. Chairperson’s Welcome
  • Roll-call, recording? (DL)

3        Community Council’s Annual Report: Chairperson Bill Watson

4       Consideration and approval of the independently verified Statement of Accounts & proposed budget for the forthcoming year: Treasurer David Lawman

5        Consideration and approval of the AGM Minutes 2021: Secretary Alistair Lawrie

6        Election reporting: Secretary Alistair Lawrie

7        The election and/or re-election of Officers: Councillor Dickinson

8        Consideration and approval of the Business Meeting programme for the forthcoming year: Chairperson

9        The approval of the Annual Budget: Treasurer

Agenda: Stonehaven and District Community Council,

Business Meeting, 14th June 2022, 7.15 pm

  1. Chairperson’s Welcome
  • Roll-call & recording?:  DL
  • Apologies & Declarations of Interest
  • Police Report & Matters Arising
  • Member introductions: All
  • Local Development Plan consultation: BW
  • Resilience Planning: JE
  • Approval of last minute
  • Matters Arising from Last Minute

–    Public meeting: daycare services in Stonehaven: BW, DL

–    Cameron Street residents meeting: DL

  1. Planning Report & Reviews
  1. Treasurer’s Report: DL
  1. Correspondence: AL/BW
  1. AOCB (NB special circumstance items only)
  1. Date of Next Meetings:
  2. SDCC year ahead Meeting: 2nd August 2022
  3. Business Meeting: 9th August 2022

Caried forward to future meetings:

  • Traffic Management consultation, second stage
  • Mackie Academy Campus

The Train Now Arriving……..

Stonehaven Men’s Shed was pleased to be asked by Stonehaven Horizon Group if they could assist in the replacement of the “choo-choo” planter on the Northbound platform at the railway station, the current planter had seen better days and was slowly coming apart. The guys were keen and happy to help and the job was taken on by George McKinnon and Paul Tosh who carried out much of the work with additional help from their colleagues at the Shed as and when required.

The following series of pictures/collages illustrate the work undertaken to build the replacement planter.

Barrels were sourced, purchased, and brought to the Shed where Paul & George carried out the “refurbishment” of the barrels to make them fit for use as planters.

Cradles to carry the locomotive and coaches were fashioned, by hand, at the shed and the metal barrel hoops, having been sanded down were given the first application of protective paint.

The locomotive and coaches and wheels were cut to size and George and Paul applied undercoats, assisted by the Shed’s Vice Chairman’s grandson, Lachlan Shanks. Once the undercoats were applied and had dried then the finished colours were applied to the component parts.

The team cracked on with the painting and finishing of the “choo-choo” and were visited by John Cruikshank of Stonehaven Horizon who showed his approval for the job done so far.

Once all the painting had been done, and dried, all that remained to be done was to fit the finishing touches and transport the finished train to the station where it was installed on the Northbound platform by George, Paul and the team from Stonehaven Horizon.

Paul Tosh and George McKinnon from Stonehaven Men’s Shed

Paul and George with the finished train planter in place at the station.

Difficult Decision for First Area Committee Meeting

Rugby posts and blue sky

THE newly-elected members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee convene for the first time on Tuesday for a heavyweight agenda packed with performance reports and a contentious community asset transfer request.

Meet your new area committee

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee comprises:

The representatives from North Kincardine

From left, David Aitchison, SNP; Shirley Burnett, Scottish Conservative and Unionist; Mel Sullivan, Scottish Liberal Democrat; and Catherine Victor, SNP

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

From left, Wendy Agnew, Scottish Conservative and Unionist; Dawn Black, SNP; Sarah Dickinson, Scottish Liberal Democrat; Alan Turner, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

and Mearns

From left, Laurie Carnie and George Carr both Scottish Conservative and Unionist; Alison Evison, Independent; Kevin Stelfox, SNP

The role of an area committee

There are six area committees in Aberdeeshire which share a range of powers and responsibilites. These committees determine matters directly affecting only their areas – and make recommendations to policy
committees on strategic matters and Council policy. And then there are planning and licensing applications to determine, an area budget to administer, and area specific procurements and contracts to consider.

– and what’s on tomorrow’s agenda

First on the agenda is the election of a chair and vice chair – will Cllr Wendy Agnew be re-elected to the chair with its casting vote or will a new face take centre stage?

Our new councillors should have done a lot of reading of late – tomorrow’s meeting includes performance reports from Environment and Infrastructure Services, Business Services, Education and Children’s Services. A Corporate Parenting Annual Report will also be presented as will an update on our area plan.

Difficult decisions

There are planning applications to determine, including one for the installation of 14 solar panels at 7 David Street, where there is conflict between the environmental benefit of renewable energy and the need to protect the character and appearance of a conservation area. Planning officers place their emphasis on built heritage and recommeded refusal.

And if any doubt remains, the deliberations on Mackie Academy FP Rugby Club’s bid for the land at Forest Park will surely hammer home one of the thorniest aspects of being a local representative, ”You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

The club is are seeking the transfer of Forest Park to create two pitches to SRU competition standard, training area, changing rooms, storage, a fitness suite and clubhouse. They have already lost one pitch and the lease on their remaining pitch at Redcloak ends in 2026.

While the town is clearly behind its 375 rugby players, the proposed move to Forest Park has proved contentious. Of a total of 372 representations received, 167 objected to the proposal while 205 were in
support. In addition a Save our Park group was formed and submitted a petition with 1165 names objecting to the proposal.

Various presentations were made to Stonehaven and District Community Council, who ultimately moved to object to the asset transfer, while requesting Aberdeenshire Council to support the club in its efforts to find a suitable home.

Councils have an obligation to look favourably on asset transfer requests – unless there are reasonable grounds for their refusal. Officers have recommended the request is granted – it is down to the committee to decide if the concerns raised by those objecting carry sufficient weight and validity for them to disagree. Whatever the outcome, people are going to be unhappy.

The above saying is attributed to poet John Lydgate and was later adapted by President Lincoln, who perhaps faced baying mobs – but was never hounded in social media.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee convenes tomorrow (Tuesday) in Viewmount at 9.30am. While councillors are able to attend in person, the building is not yet open to the public. The full agenda and links to the live stream of the meeting are available online.

Stonehaven Golf Club

The briefest of squints at last week’s scores indicate the contrasting conditions experienced in the two key Men’s events. Both competitions enjoyed sunshine but Wednesday’s light breeze gave way on Saturday to gusty winds resulting in a ten shot differential between the respective winning scores.

Roy Gammack battled hard for his winning 64 at the weekend, the ferocious winds blowing the ball hither and thither, wobbling competitors around like jelly on a plate. Standing on the most exposed place of the course, the 12th green, it was a job to remain vertical never mind avoid an ignominious three-putt. Congratulations then to Roy for a sterling performance in a prodigious buffeting.

Back in the days of Grandstand and World Of Sport, the vidiprinter would type certain results in words, not just digits, in case viewers assumed them to be incorrect. For example, if a team won 7-0 it’d become 7 (seven) – 0. You’ll appreciate then why last week’s Wednesday Stroke result is presented as it is, otherwise you’d think I’d been on the sauce.

Beating one’s handicap is the key objective when a player steps onto the first tee, or simply to equal it. To lacerate it by twelve strokes however is just plain rude, yet that’s precisely what Duncan McRae managed to do. Playing off a handicap of 19 (nineteen) he nurdled his ball around the course in just 73 blows, wiping the floor with the field. A remarkable feat, seemingly celebrated with gusto given he was a full shot per hole worse on the Saturday, notching a 91! Golf has a habit of biting you on the bottom, it revels in taking revenge. Well done for Wednesday though Duncan.

The Seniors Section’s annual 2 Clubs and Putter event saw excellent scoring too. It’s surprising how scores are only marginally affected despite eleven clubs being removed from the bag. This format favours the more creative of players and in this regard Graham King proved himself to be SGC’s artist in residence with a triumphant 43 points. Just call him Rembrandt.

Centenary Trophy
R Gammack 64; R Bell 64; C Arthur 65.

Wednesday Stroke
D McRae 54 (fifty four); J Halliday 61; S Mitchell 61.

9 Hole Stableford
M Gaskin 22; M Innes 21; R Walker 21.

Senior 2 Clubs & Putter
G King 43; R Leggate 39; I Carnie 37.

Ladies Medal
Div 1 – F Armstrong 66; C Duncan 67; L Molloy 69.
Div 2 – A McMenemy 66; T McKenzie 66; M Crothers 67.

Ladies AD Medal
W Lawrence 63; F Armstrong 66; C Duncan 67.

Ladies 9 Hole Stableford
J Mackintosh 19; A Byars 14; P Johnston 13.

Ladies Hidden Team Stableford
A McMenemy, F Sim and R Riddell – 95 pts

(*photograph depicts my drive outdistancing Scott Cameron’s on the 12th, Scott being one of SGC’s reputed ‘beasts off the tee’. Okay so neither ball’s on the fairway but let’s not be churlish)

Cheers to Volunteers

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VOLUNTEERS from Stonehaven were among those recognised this week by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action.

At an event on Thursday, marking Volunteers’ Week, individuals and groups from across the Shire were given certificates in appreciation of the work they do in our community.

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, AVA, offers support and advice to the huge army of committed volunteers who do work as diverse as supporting youngsters with stomas to pulling pints for charity.

And it was exactly the latter that earned Robert Lyndsay AVA’s appreciation for his running of Stonehaven’s annual beer festival, the Midsummer Beer Happening . The owner of Six Degrees North Brewery and the Shorehead Marine Hotel has been organising these events since 2009. Each year more and more people have enjoyed the combination of real ale, music and a cycling sportive. And since it started, £177,000 has been raised at the Happening and distributed among a wide range of local charities.

AVA head of development Keith Anderson presented the certificates

Meanwhile a Stonehaven man who did not hesitate to use resources at his disposal to help households who had lost power during the storms had his volunteer spirit awarded. Martin Anderson, managing director of Hydrus Group, took generators to vulnerable people in need in and around Stonehaven. The Round Table member has also helped Stonehaven Town Partnership by allowing the land train to be stored in his works’ yard.

Mr Anderson also helps organise Stonehaven’s annual fireworks display

And Stonehaven Horizon’s efforts to pull together many other groups in the town in the run up to last year’s entry into Beautiful Scotland competition was described as being, ‘so positive for the whole town’.

Horizon convenor John Cruickshank accepts the certificate on behalf of the volunteers

Feature image – the flavour and fun of the Midsummer Beer Happening returns next week to Stonehaven

Grampian Forest Rally launches new partnership with Voyonic

From Grampian Forest Rally media office –

One of the most popular events in the Scottish motorsport calendar, the Grampian Forest Rally has announced a new partnership with Voyonic Crew Management Group for the 13 August event.

Taking on a new name for 2022, it will be known as the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally as the global marine employment specialists form a dynamic new partnership with the Banchory based event. The prestigious Motorsport UK British Rally Championship and KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championships will return to the region this August, stamping its mark as the biggest motorsport event in the northeast of Scotland.

Organisers of the rally, Stonehaven and District Motor Club, are celebrating their 70th year in 2022 and will once again take competitors into the forests of Durris, Fetteresso and Drumtochty with a central rally base at Milton of Crathes. Building on the success of the past few years, the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally will continue to offer a one-day spectacular event for fans and competitors alike.

Voyonic Crew Management Group Limited specialises in employment and seafarer management services to the commercial shipping, offshore energy, cruise and yacht industries. With offices around the world, they are proud to offer a proactive service, ensuring they are fully aware of new challenges and opportunities.

Based in Guernsey, Voyonic also has offices in Aberdeen, Newcastle and the Isle of Man, as well as global locations in Malta and Manilla. In partnership with their associated companies, they also provide a wide range of back office support services, including HR, payroll and book-keeping. The innovative firm can also boast over 5,000 individuals on its payroll, covering multiple jurisdictions, and is well placed to assist organisations looking to hand over their administrative functions and focus on their core activities.

Neil Carrington, CEO of the Voyonic Group commented “Voyonic are delighted to return to the northeast, sponsoring this prestigious and important event in the British and Scottish Rally Championships having been involved in its predecessor several years ago. It was extremely exciting to see some of the best drivers in the country and beyond head for Banchory in 2021 and we are looking forward to being part of this fantastic event.”

Thomas Purvin, part of the Voyonic Grampian Forest Rally organising team is honoured to welcome such a prestigious brand to the event.

“The entire organising team are delighted to have Voyonic supporting the rally this year,” he says.

“Neil [Carrington] has a long history with the area and event and it’s fantastic to see the firm become title sponsors in 2022. Having such dedicated support from them really lifts the rally further still and means we can look forward to one of the best Grampian Forest Rally events in many years.”

Further details on the event, including spectator information, will be released closer to the time.

Regular updates will be posted on the event’s social media channels and website:

Crime Update and New Community Officer

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From Police Scotland –

Community Council Report

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Kincardine and Mearns

area for the period 1 to 31 May 2022.

The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and provide crime prevention advice and guidance.  Our focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns.

Community Policing Priorities

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

There has been an increase in the number of Anti-social Behaviour calls within Kincardine and Mearns for the month of May, with 61 calls being received.  

There were 16 calls received that related to Youth specific disturbances.

There have been 7 Assault crime reports raised within May. 4 are detected and have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The remaining 3 are still being investigated.

Acquisitive Crime:

There have been 15 Thefts throughout the Kincardine and Mearns area during May. 6 remain undetected and are still being investigated. Of note there was a theft of motorvehicle, to the value of 35 thousand pounds, used in a crime spree in the K&M area including a housebreaking that was solved. The vehicle was recovered by Police and the person responsible promptly apprehended and reported.

Road Safety & road crime:

Drink/Drug Driving

In May there was 1 driver found to be under the influence of alcohol, who has been reported for consideration of prosecution to the Procurator Fiscal.

Dangerous Driving

There were 2 reported incident of dangerous driving for the month of May, both of which are detected and reported.

Careless Driving

There has been 5 reported incident of careless driving for the month of May and three have been detected and reported with investigation ongoing for the remaining.

Community Engagement & Reassurance:

Inspector Allen Shaw is moving into a new role and has been replaced by Inspector Rhona Di Meola who has extensive experience within Aberdeen City and is looking forward to the challenges and rewards of Shire Policing.

Sergeant Gemma Taylor also is beginning a new role as Community Sergeant for K&M having worked in the area for a number of years and is knowledgeable particularly with her traffic orientated career.

PC Marc Camus the K&M Community Officer will sadly be leaving Police Scotland and therefore his role as of Thursday 9 June. He wishes to pass on to all: “It has been a genuine pleasure acting in this role and I am leaving to start another chapter in the Derbyshire area with my lovely wife Ann. I wish to pass on my thanks to all the relevant agencies and people I have come to know and admire.”

PC Camus is being replaced with PC David Charnley who will now be the Community Liaison Officer and is excited at the prospect of this role and its demands.

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Road Closure – U94K Glithno, Stonehaven

(From Junction with A957 to Glithno)
Please note that owing to …. Aberdeenshire Council Roads carrying out Surface Dressing
Preparation works….. It will be necessary in the interests of public safety to apply the following
temporary restriction to traffic –

(a) closure X

On U94K for a period of 3 Days
Commencing … Wednesday 15th June 2022

Site notices will be erected in due course indicating the temporary restriction to traffic and the
alternative route via A957 – Slug Road – Evan Street – Allardice Street – David Street – B979
and vice versa.

North East MP get up to speed on gigabit broadband build

From Openreach –

North East MPs Andrew Bowie and David Duguid met Openreach engineers this week to check on the latest rollout of ultrafast, ultra-reliable full fibre broadband in the region.

They were given a tour of the work in Stonehaven, along with an update on the Aberdeenshire build. It has now reached more than 23,000 properties, meaning full fibre is available to around one in five homes and businesses. Around one in three of those passed by the new gigabit network has already upgraded.

In Stonehaven, nearly half of local business and households can now connect to the new network. Take-up of the new services available is above average, and 38 per cent in West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine constituency.

Openreach operates Scotland’s largest broadband network, used by customers of companies like BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen. Around 85 per cent of households in Aberdeenshire can access a superfast service at 30Mbps or more through its network.

Andrew Bowie MP said: “I’m pleased to see the progress being made by Openreach and hear about their wider plans to deliver full fibre to our rural towns. I’ve been campaigning for years for local people to be able to reap the full benefits of better broadband, and to make sure our harder-to-reach communities are connected. There is still a long way to go but if you are among the one in five now able to upgrade, you may be pleasantly surprised by the benefits of a gigabit-capable internet connection.”

Full fibre broadband offers download speeds of one gigabit per second (1Gbps), which means it’s up to 10 times faster than the average home broadband connection, bringing faster game downloads, better quality video calls and higher resolution movie streaming.

It’s also less affected by peak time congestion which means people can use multiple devices simultaneously, even during peak times in the evening, without the connection slowing down. That means more people can get online at the same time without experiencing stuttering, buffering or dropouts.

The visit was hosted by Fraser Rowberry, Director of Fibre Operations in Scotland.

Fraser Rowberry said: “We welcomed the opportunity to show our latest progress and share the challenges and realities of delivering this life-changing digital infrastructure. We’re very excited about what full fibre can do for Aberdeenshire. Research shows rolling it out can supercharge productivity and create new employment opportunities.

“Local people in many Aberdeenshire communities may spot an increase in Openreach activity as we continue work on the ground. We try hard to keep any disruption to a minimum by reusing our existing network where possible, but it’s not always straightforward.

“Occasionally we need to put up new poles or carry out roadworks safely, but the resulting benefits our network brings will be huge, varied and long-term across the community.”

Openreach’s £15 billion fibre investment aims to reach 25 million premises by December 2026, including more than six million in the hardest-to-serve parts of the country defined by industry regulator Ofcom. More than 7.2 million homes and business can now order a service over the new network, including 620,000 across Scotland so far.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) estimates that connecting everyone in Scotland to full fibre would create a £4.5 billion boost to the economy. You can find out more about the Full Fibre build programme, latest availability and local plans here.


U161K Belmont Brae
(From David Street to Bath Street)
Please note that owing to….R. W. Thomson Rally 2022… It will be necessary in the interests of
public safety to apply the following temporary restriction to traffic –

(a) closure X

On U161K for a period of 12 hours
Commencing…..Sunday 26th June 2022 from 06:00hrs until 18:00hrs

Site notices will be erected in due course indicating the temporary restriction to traffic and the
alternative route via Ann Street – Evan Street – Allardice Street – David Street and vice

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