New carpark planned for Stonehaven

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An old gas works near Stonehaven harbour is soon to be converted into a car park, thanks to the Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP).

Permission has been granted for a 60-space car park at the site, which is opposite Shepherd’s Hall and in close vicinity to the harbour, which is regularly congested with cars looking to park in the area.

Michelle Ward from the STP said: “We have managed to acquire the site from Scottish Gas Networks, it has all been weeded and we are now just waiting for some pipes to be tested but we are basically ready to go.

“We have got the permission and the site should be ready to be used as a car park very soon.”

The news should soften the blow for some members of the community who have objected to a new parking bay at the Market Square which takes away several car parking spcaes in the busy town centre.

Michelle has appaealed to the community for understanding about the trial coach parking bay, explaining that, while it may take away a few parking spaces, it provides an opportunity for tourist coaches to park in the town centre, and can also be used by a land train which should be up and running in Stonehaven by the end of the month.

She said: “I would like to say to those people who have been making negative comments about the bus bay that it is for a trial period, and while we may have taken away three spaces in the town centre, we are creating 60 much-needed new parking spaces near the harbour. I hope this solves some of the parking problems.”

The STP was formed in 2007.

Their website explains their aim: “to create, develop and promote an overall strategy for the town and work in partnership with the organised voluntary sector and constituted groups, other community groups and people of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire Council and other statutory bodies such as recognised community planning partners, and any other appropriate bodies; to co-ordinate, develop, initiate, support and prioritise key projects in the town.

They have been involved with resurrecting the Tolbooth museum, helping to get the beach toilets re-opened and provided relief for residents who were affected by flooding in December last year, as well as encouraging the Caravan Club to invest in the town. For more information visit the Stonehaven Town Partnership website at www.stpweb.org