Meeting to discuss courthouse options

Stonehaven Sheriff Court has been empty since it closed in May 2014
Stonehaven Sheriff Court has been empty since it closed in May 2014

A public meeting is to be held next week to look at options for the ongoing use of the old Sheriff Court building in Stonehaven.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust have each offered to help Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) with the project, and a number of possible uses for the building have been considered.

STP’s David Fleming said that the public meeting, to be held next Thursday (August 20) at 7pm in St James’ Church Hall on Arbuthnott Street, will be to bring members of the public up to date with the progress achieved so far, as well as inviting suggestions for possible uses for the building.

The listed building, which dates back to 1767, is protected, and any uses will have to work around the current layout of the interior.

Mr Fleming said: “The aim is to preserve the historical context of the building.

“Options that are currently being considered are offering the front offices for use by community organisations, but the back rooms and courtroom are more of a problem.

“I would prefer to leave the courtroom as it is, and it could be used as a film set, but also for things like public enquiries.”

STP have been given grants to employ specialists to advise them on any decisions, but are hoping the meeting will give members of the public the opportunity to comment on any current ideas, or suggest alternatives.

The meeting is open to all, and further information can be obtained via the STP website at http://www.stpweb.org/

The Grade B listed building in Dunnottar Avenue
has been empty since the Stonehaven Sheriff Court moved to Aberdeen in
May 2014.