From the Files - It happened in the Mearns May 22

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25 YEARS AGO - May 25th 1990

A move to partition Stonehaven is to be considered by Grampian Regional Council next month, following a Statutory review of electoral arrangements for Kincardine/Deeside District called for by the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland.

These changes in existing Electoral Division boundaries are proposed to achieve parity of representation, and would make Central Stonehaven a Division of its own, made up of people living within the boundaries of the town’s two rivers - West up to the by-pass. The parts of the town North (Cowie and the Leisure Centre) and South (the old town and Dunnottar Avenue area) of the watercourses would be linked together to form a separate town-and-country Division, along with Auchenblae, Fordoun, Glenbervie, Arbuthnott, Kinneff, Cookney and Newtonhill.

The splitting up of Stonehaven into three electoral parts along lines set by the Carron and Cowie seems to go against the grain, historically and administratively. Whether these newly-drawn Regional Electoral Divisions would be reflected in changes in the District Council wards remain to be seen. Councillor George Swapp, whose division of Stonehaven/Kinneff would be split if the proposals were accepted, said that the Commission should consider local community ties and identities.

50 YEARS AGO - May 21st 1965

For many years the Cowie river has been trying to revert to its old course, which ran parallel to Allardice Street under three bridges on the beach front.

It seems to have made a more determined effort than usual recently, for it now runs for about 150 yards alongside the promenade.

This is caused by heavy tides, which have thrown large ridges of shingle along the shore, forcing the river to make a sharp right turn. As a result the water between the road and the beach bridges is now much deeper, covering most of the concrete apron.

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While Stonehaven seems to be doing pretty well in attracting new industries, it has come as a shock to learn that it is also to lose one. The Stonehaven egg-grading station is not a big thing, but it has employed 10 people and during its 23 years existence has proved a real advantage to the area.

Unfortunately, it does not seem to have had 100 per cent support from the poultry-keepers in the district, and the support it did get has been dwindling each year.

We only hope the new industries will quickly prosper so that the level of employment in the town will be increased.

100 YEARS AGO - May 27th 1915

The paragraph which appeared in these pages recently concerning “Women Stretcher-Bearers” seems to have excited a good deal of interest among VAD members and others interested in Red Cross Work in the district.

The editor has had quite a few enquiries for further information from young ladies who were willing to take up this onerous service. Last week’s paragraph stating that the military powers that could not see their way to accept women for this service must have proved rather a disappointment. It is very much to the credit of the Red Cross Workers in the County that there should be among them some ladies who are wiling to undertake the difficulties and dangerous work of bringing in wounded men to the hospitals.

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Not a few people who have passed along Dunnottar Avenue during the past few days have admired the fine stretch of road recently laid with tar binding.

The Burgh Surveyor’s staff have made a good job of the road and residents in Dunnottar Avenue must be congratulating themselves on the improvement. So far, there is no tendency on the part of the tar to melt and the last few days have certainly been hot enough.