Plans for former Stonehaven Sheriff Court underway

Stonehaven Court buildings have been empty since May 2014
Stonehaven Court buildings have been empty since May 2014

Detailed plans for use of the former court building have now been published by Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP).

The drawings and business plan have been submitted to the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services, and will be put to their Estates Committee at their next meeting.

The plans are available for anyone to read on the website www.stpweb.org.

Isabel Munn, STP project development coordinator, told the Leader: “We have had positive feedback from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Aberdeen Voluntary Action, PAMIS, Kincardineshire Development Partnerships, K & D Home Start and other groups who have expressed an interest in the office space in the former court building and hot desk facilities if the plans are approved.

“We have also included a changing places toilet facility in the plans which would be the first one in Stonehaven for profoundly disabled people and their carers to use.

“Court Room 1 has the potential to be used as a film set, a stage for performances, weddings, mock trials and debates.

“Court Room 2 could be used as a community cafe and we are still exploring this idea.”

She also confirmed that the STP has appointed an architect, project manager and solicitor for the project.

And they have applied for funding from Heritage Lottery Funds, Greggs Foundation and other sources to assist with turning the former disused court building into a “well-used and well and welcoming building.”