Bid to 
save playing fields

The Shaping Laurencekirk event on Sunday, February 28 gave locals the chance to tour the old Mearns Academy site followed by a number of workshops to discuss issues such as the re-use of  buildings on the old Academy site. 

Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
The Shaping Laurencekirk event on Sunday, February 28 gave locals the chance to tour the old Mearns Academy site followed by a number of workshops to discuss issues such as the re-use of buildings on the old Academy site. Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Laurencekirk Development Trust (LDT) have launched a petition to save the old Mearns Academy playing fields which has attracted almost 500 signatures.

The petition titled “Aberdeenshire Council Save The Old Mearns Academy Playing Fields” is for Director of Education and Children’s Services Maria Walker, Director of Business Services Ritchie Johnson and Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes.

The petition was started last week and has 476 signatures at the time the Kincardineshire Observer went to press this week.

LDT have recently went through a Shaping Laurencekirk’s Future event with Planning Assist Scotland where ideas for the former Mearns Academy site and playing fields attracted a lot of attention.

The Laurencekirk Development Trust is proposing to acquire the former Mearns Academy site on behalf of the community and will present a business plan to Aberdeenshire Council to be considered at a meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee in April.

Comments on the petition look to retain the field for use of sporting events and for the current Mearns Academy pupils.

Alan Wood who commented on the petition said: “As an archery coach at Mearns Archers I have seen the sport grow in the Mearns and this field is crucial to further development. Being totally fenced in it not only provides the safety security needed for my sport but is large enough to hold major national tournaments, as held last summer, drawing visitors from throughout Scotland and beyond.”