QR project to go ahead

Visitors to Stonehaven and locals alike will soon be able to find out about the town at the touch of a button, after planning permission for quick response codes was granted by the area committee on Tuesday.

The Mearns Quick Response code project ideally plans to enhance tourism in the area and plaques will be put up with QR codes on them which people can use to be linked automatically to information about the building by using their smart phone. Each QR code will be linked via the Internet to an audio file or video which will provide information about the building or area.

The project is being carried out by Mearns QR alongside Mackie Academy pupils.

The students have put together information which will go on the website and are also translating the information which will make it more accessible to tourists.

The scripts for each of the sites had initially been recorded in English, German and Dutch but plans for more languages were in the pipeline earlier this year.

The seven local sites initially being focused on are; The Market Square, Stonehaven Open-Air Pool, The Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven Harbour, Christian’s House, Bogwell and Dunnottar Castle.

On Tuesday, the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee granted permission for the plaques to be put in place on the listed buildings that are in Aberdeenshire Council’s ownership - the Open Air Swimming Pool, The Tolbooth Museum, the Town Hall and the Christian’s House.

Historic Scotland had to be consulted for the Tolbooth Museum’s plaque and they had no objection but advised that fixings should be non-ferrous and located in existing masonry joints where possible to avoid damage to the historic fabric of the building.

The plaques will be approximately A5 size anodised aluminium. At both the Open Air Swimming Pool and the Christians House, the signs will be to the right of the entrance doors and column. At the Town Hall the sign will be underneath the existing Aberdeenshire Council sign and at the Tolbooth it will be underneath the existing sign.

The proposal was initially funded by Stonehaven Community Council who gave their support to the proposals meanwhile the project is being headed by a Design and Technology teacher from Mackie Academy. Councillor Clark described the QR codes as an “excellent initiative by Mackie pupils”.