Area Committee budget allocated

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Community groups around Kincardine and the Mearns were awarded funds by Aberdeenshire councillors, following a meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors looked at requests from a number of community groups at Viewmount, with funds being awarded from the area committee budget.

The total awarded at the meeting was over £4000 and requests were from the Stonehaven and Mearns area.

The area committee budget is now fully allocated for this finacial year.

St Cyrus Bowling club were awarded £1230 from the top up cash for repairs.

In the report to councillors it said: “The Club plan to provide improved seating and a viewing shelter on the grounds for the benefit of players and visitors, they also need to do immediate repairs to the security fencing.”

Two applications from Mackie Academy and Bervie Caley Football Club were turned down by the committee.

It was noted regarding Mackie Academy’s application for cash towards the cost of students the attending the international school sports world badminton championship in Malta in March 2016: “This type of request has not been supported by the Area Committee Budget in the past. Usually when an informal approach is made with regard to student travel costs the group/organisation are advised to consider the Kincardineshire Educational Trust, Community Benefit funds etc.”

Laurencekirk Development Trust were awarded the final allocation of the budget of £3483. The group were seeking £4000 for a Charrette planning event on the former Mearns Academy site in Laurencekirk. Mike Robson from the Trust spoke to councillors before being awarded the funds.