From the Files

From our own archives we bring your what happened in the Mearns in history.

25 YEARS AGO - Friday November 9th 1990

Dog dirt bins installed in parks throughout the district earlier this year have not been the out-and-out success local councillors hoped for.

Director of Environmental Services at Kincardine/Deeside District Council, Mr Laurence Borthwick, will this week reccommend that the initial pilot scheme is not extended, but an attempt should be made to increase usage of existing bins.

These eye-catching black and gold glass-fibre boxes marked “Dog Waste Only” have been installed in parks in Stonehaven, Portlethen, Newtonhill, Banchory and Aboyne.

Councillors had hoped dog owners would pick up freshly deposited faeces and drop them into these bins - reducing not only the “sticky heel”, but more importantly, helping to combat the threat of diseases being spread from dog dirt to people, some of which can cause blindness in children.

Bins in Stonehaven and Banchory have been used on a “fairly regular basis”, said Mr Borthwick. But in the other locations, the numbers of people using the bins are more limited.

“If the scheme is to prove worthwhile,” added Mr Borthwick, “another exercise in publicising the scheme will be necessary.”

It has become clear that even though the bins are not being used to their maximum potential, the incidence of dog fouling in the targeted parks has been reduced.

50 YEARS AGO - Friday November 5th, 1965

Consideration of the access road to Dunnottar Church and cemetery has been deterred by the finance committee of Stonehaven Town Council until detailed plans are available.

The committee on Tuesday evening heard a letter from the clerk to the Fetteresso and Dunnottar Cemeteries Joint Committee, with a minute of a recent meeting regarding the road.

The matter was discussed previously be Kincardine County Council, Stonehaven Town Council, and Stonehaven District Council, but no action was taken.

It was stated that the project would cost £1,650 and the council was asked to pay £550 of that.

Provost T. Christie said the conditions were very bad, but he would like to see a plan for the road before taking any action.

Councillor J. Carnegie said the proposal was to bring the two roads leading to the church up to standard and have them added to the list of highways.

Dean of Guild Shankley said they should wait until the county council came to a decision regarding the taking over of the roads, and Provost Christie wanted the car park taken into the overall picture.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday November 11 1915

[Excerpt from a letter to the editor] Everyone laments the severe outbreak of scarlet fever in our town, and at such a time mothers are especially anxious for the welfare of their children.

The medical authorities have shown their prudence by closing the schools in order to prevent the epidemic spreading in that way, although I think that this step might have been taken earlier. Moreover, would the medical authorities - I venture to ask - not prevent the spreading of infection further by closing the cinema? Surely in the moist, stuffy atmosphere of a crowded picture-house the germs of disease would find a most suitable medium for thriving and multiplying.

It is true that there are some parents foolish enough to allow their children to frequent the cinema at this time, and by doing so they endanger the lives of their own children and spread infection, to the peril of those who are wise enough to take every reasonable precaution. I heard of a case the other day where, on the very day on which a child had been taken to hospital suffering from fever, other members of the same family went at night to see the pictures!

In view of facts like these, do the medical authorities not think it would be advisable to close Stonehaven Cinema for a time?