Rural partnership launched locally

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A new organisation has been launched in Kincardine and Mearns to promote the area and support local communities.

The Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) has been created to champion local groups, support social and economic development, encourage community engagement and work with existing partners to support community planning in the Kincardine and Mearns area.

Membership of the organisation, which will be led by a committee, is free and open to representatives of all constituted non-party political organisations within the local area.

The committee will comprise representatives of the 12 Kincardine and Mearns community councils and up to six elected community group representatives.

Funding for rural partnerships of this kind is provided by Aberdeenshire Council throughout each of the six areas of the region.

It enables partnerships to promote and represent their local areas as well as support voluntary and community organisations.

Chairman of the Development Partnership, Paul Melling, said: “We are very pleased to have gained unanimous support from local councillors as well as the funding award from Aberdeenshire Council.

“The Kincardineshire Development Partnership has a key role to support, coordinate and collaborate with all stakeholders of community engagement and we are committed to delivering these objectives.

“By the very structure of our partnership we will be able to listen and very quickly facilitate grass roots desires within our communities.

“We are excited to be part of this collaborative initiative.

‘‘We encourage interested individuals to come forward as members and help Kincardineshire become one of the very best areas in which to live and work.”

The KDP will hold its first EGM on Thursday, February 26, at the Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill, at 7pm.

More information at www.kincardinshiredp.org