Old Clock tower to wind back the years

The clock tower is undergoing major refurbishments.

The clock tower is undergoing major refurbishments.

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A Stonehaven landmark which has been receiving a facelift is to be made more accessible in the latest stage of refurbishments.

The old clock tower, in the heart of the old town on the High Street is a B-listed building and had fallen into a state of disrepair. But works to improve its appearance and accessibility were approved this week by members of Kincardine and Mearns area committee.

The sandstone building was constructed in 1790 and is four storeys tall, with a lead spire and octagonal bellcote.

The proposal involves internal and external repairs to windows, roof slates and lime repointing of the building.

In order to aid admittance to the building for all abilities, a new ramped access is to be formed in place of the existing stone steps. The steps will be removed for use elsewhere.

Internally the building is home to disused and redundant fittings, but there are plans to remove these items and fit the interior ground floor with interpretation displays, including audio visual units.

Public access to the building will be restricted to ground floor level, however new platforms and ladders will be fitted internally to allow maintenance access.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee heard on Tuesday that the scaffolding currently surrounding the clock tower will be removed in time for the Fireballs procession down the High Street on Hogmanay.

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside Councillor Wendy Agnew welcomed the refurbishment work. She said: “I grew up in the shadow of the old town clock, and it is now beginning to look like it did when I was a child.”

Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “It is an iconic building in Stonehaven, and I look forward to seeing it brought back to life. The scaffolding will be down before New Year which is really good news.”