Tributes paid to Portlethen councillor

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TRIBUTES have been paid this week to a stalwart of the Portlethen community.

John Tether, who had served on the Portlethen and District Community Council for four years, sadly passed away on March 29 after a long battle with cancer.

He had also previously given his time as a volunteer for the community ambluance.

Speaking at this month’s meeting of the community council members paid tribute to John, and said that he will be sadly missed.

Chairman Ron Sharp led the tributes, saying: “Despite his illness, John never shirked his responsibilities. He was very meticulous, keen to get involved and always made sure he saw things through till the end.

“He will be sadly missed by many people in this community.”

Mr Sharp added that John had been heavily involved in improvements to bus services and rail timetables in the area, and was a valued member of a Local Development Plan sub-committee.

He had arranged for a miniature train to be placed at Portlethen Train Station, and Mr Sharp proposed that the community council procure a plaque for the site dedicated to John in recognition of all his hard work for the community.

At the meeting on Tuesday of this week members also discussed plans by Bear Scotland to close the central reservation on the A90 at the Bruntland Road junction.

Members of the public have until April 29 to make a representation about the proposal, and the community council agreed to support the plans, and pursue Transport Scotland to ask why other safety measures have not been put in place at the junction.

However, the decision was not unanimous and community councillor Paul Melling told the meeting that he felt that they should object to the closure and look instead at other ways to make the junction safer.

Mr Melling was outvoted by five votes to three. North Kincardine Councillor Carl Nelson said: “I think the decision to support the closure of the central reservation is a sensible one. It was a sensible decision when you discussed it two years ago, and it remians so.”

The meeting also heard that roadworks are due to commence in the Portlethen area on April 29, and will continue until August 19. Areas affected will include Findon, Oak Drive, and Bruntland Road.