Top-up funding support for coastal safety project

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A COASTAL safety project aimed at young people has been given £950 from the Kincardine and Mearns area committee top-up budget.

Portlethen Community Learning Centre requested the money to support an interactive project aimed at promoting the safe use of the local coastline in the Portlethen area.

The programme runs for a period of 18 hours and involves a number of partner agencies including NHS Grampian and the Maritime Rescue Institute in Stonehaven.

The project is set to run at the start of the summer vacation when young people are attracted to activities on the coast and therefore heighten their awareness of safety issues.

A report before councillors said that as a result of the project the young people involved would gain experience in first aid and lifesaving. The total cost of the project is expected to be around £1300 and the group has already received £350 from North Kincardine Community Development Group.

North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison called it an “important and worthwhile” project and said: “If it saves even one life, then it is money well spent.”

Stonehaven’s Horizon group were also granted £600 from the top-up budget to support the purchase of promenade planters for Market Square, Stonehaven.

Councillors were told that one of the original planters has been temporarily displaced to prevent people driving over an area of the Square and this had encouraged the Horizon Group to re-consider appropriate floral tributes in the area.

£9000 of the top-up budget’s £52,500 balance has already been committed, leaving £41,950 still to distribute over the course of the financial year.

In addition, the Stonehaven and District Horticultural Society’s request for £400 from the Stonehaven Common Good Fund was approved by members, as in previous years, to support the various projects it runs, including spring and summer garden competitions and spring and summer flower shows.

However, area manager Willie Munro said that given the lack of interest the fund was generating due to the financial climate, it would be prudent to advise the Society that support from the fund could no longer be relied upon on an annual basis.