Latest top up funding for Stoney groups

The Tolbooth will be looking to submit a planning application to extend and refurbish the 15th century old building. Images � Chouman & Gilmour
The Tolbooth will be looking to submit a planning application to extend and refurbish the 15th century old building. Images � Chouman & Gilmour

Two Stonehaven groups were the latest recipients of Kincardine and Mearns Area Community Budget funding this week.

Councillors heard at Tuesday’s Area Committee meeting at Viewmount the latest groups to apply for funding.

Both Stonehaven Tolbooth Association and the tourism group of the Stonehaven Business Association were successful in their funding requests.

The total awarded at the meeting was over £5000, £4000 to the Tolbooth and £1,100 to SBA.

In a report to councillors it was stated: “An application has been received from the Stonehaven Tolbooth Association for £4,000 from a project costing £10,512. The Tolbooth Museum has seen an increased footfall of over 100% over the past year or two and as a result the Tolbooth Association believe it is the right time to look at improving the visitor experience for the resource to further blossom. The Association engaged architects to produce a ‘vision’ for an extended museum and after wide consultation with all stakeholders are proceeding with the project which includes a café or business accommodation on the first floor, the exact configuration has yet to be agreed but sustainability of the museum is at the heart of decision making. Planning permission will now be sought.”

Councillors heard from Tolbooth Association chair Cressida Coates who received positive remarks from Cllr Agnew, Cllr Clark and Cllr Carr.

Cressida told the committee members that the Tolbooth had around 40-50 volunteers who give up their time.

She said: “We have gone from strength to strength in the last year and it is down to the number of volunteers that we have that make the Tolbooth run.”

Stonehaven Business Association will use the funding to print more tourist walking maps of Stonehaven.

The report to councillors at the meeting stated: “The walking maps are seen as an essential part of tourist promotion for the town and whilst the town brochure, also produced by the Stonehaven Business Association, is self-funding, through advertising, the maps are not designed to allow the same level of advertising.”