Building bridges!

AFTER some scathing criticism of Aberdeenshire Council’s Landscape Services was dished out at the January meeting of Mearns Community Council, two senior officials from the department visited Laurencekirk for discussions and a tour of the area.

Mr Doug Allan and Mr Ian Thomson met with Laurencekirk community council representatives, Hilda Kerr, Denis Bell and Marie Richards.

Monday’s meeting of the community council was told that the group went to the Memorial Park, Kinnear Square, the cemetery and Market Road to look at various issues and the community councillors were afterwards willing to label the meeting as “satisfactory”.

Mrs Kerr said: “We were told that the area of ground in Market Road is nothing to do with landscape services and is instead administered by the waste service.”

Mr Bell added that they had been told that the inner ring of trees in Kinnear Square is to replace the outer ring of mature trees which will eventually have to come down.

Trees planted where the new pavilion might go would easily be lifted and replanted.

The landscape officials also promised to carry out certain work on shrubs in the cemetery.

Mr Bell went on to report on progress with the pavilion.

He said a design brief has not yet been finalised but will be soon.

It will then be sent back to selected architects for them to redraw their plans according to the specification.

Mr Bell had a meeting with local primary school children to hear their wishes for the park.

Their requests include lighting and a cycle track and Mr Bell said the cycle track might well be incorporated.

Proposals will ultimately be submitted to SportScotland and they will appoint a project manager to take things forward.

“After that we will go to SportScotland seeking financial assistance. We will not get the full amount and we will need to explore various revenue streams.”