Top-up budget funding

Kincardine and Mearns area committee awarded almost twenty percent of the top-up budget during their first meeting of the new financial year.

Area Manager Willie Munro said that the increase in community organisations seeking funding could be a sign of things to come as organisations feel the strain of the current economic climate.

A total of £8850 of the £52,500 available in the top-up budget was allocated to four organisations at the meeting on Tuesday.

The Kinneff Old Chirch Preservation Church was awarded £4000 towards the cost of fixing the windows in the historic building. Councillors praised the work of volunteers who work to keep the church running.

Provost Howaston said: “Kinneff Old Church is an iconic part of our landscape and is a great symbol of out history and culture. It is good to see it being used and very much alive and I would strongly support giving the £4000.”

The recently formed Bervie Play parks committee were also awarded £4000. This money will go towards purchasing of equiptment to develop and improve the playparks in Inverbervie.

Councilor Jean Dick described the group’s work as an “inspiration.” Councillor George Carr spoke in support of the group. He said: “I have taken an interest in the objectives of this group they are a very stable, committed and enthusaistic group and I have no reservations about agreeing to this request and I wish them all the best.”

The Stonehaven Horizon project was awarded £600 towards the cost of placing hanging baskets in Stonehaven’s Market Square.

The R.W Thomson Memorial Fellowship was awarded £250 towards their annual memorial rally, it was explained to Coucillors on the committee that this money would normally come from Stonehaven’s common good fund however this was not possible this year.