Remaining top-up budget allocated

COUNCILLORS at Kincardine and Mearns area committee this week allocated the remaining money from this year’s top-up budget.

There was £1731.23 remaining in the budget, left because some organisations had been unable to spend the money within the financial year and others had ended up needing less than was allocated.

In order to make sure the money was used, councillors were asked to decide how to allocate the remaining cash.

It was decided that £550 would be given to St Cyrus Football Club so they can purchase new goals. They had applied for the money just recently and it was agreed by all the councillors that this should be granted.

CAUSE

Councillor Wendy Agnew then proposed a cause which she felt, despite an application not having been submitted, would benefit from some of the funds.

She suggested that money be allocated to the Horizon group to help them as they clean-up the beach front following flooding in Stonehaven at the end of last year.

This idea was widely supported by the councillors and it was agreed that £350 would be given to the group.

PAPERWORK

Area manager Willie Munroe assured councillors that he would ensure the relevant paperwork was filled out so that the group received the funds in time to spend them in this financial year.

Councillor Alison Evison then suggested that the remaining money be spent on dog bins for the Portlethen area.

Some councillors voiced concerns over this suggestion as they were unsure if this was a good use of the budget, claiming that there were many areas needing dog bins - and these could often be attained through other means.

However it was finally agreed that the remaining money would be spent on such bins for Portlethen, Hillside and Newtonhill.

Councillor Evison said she was also delighted to unveil the new postbox at Hillside this week.