Decision time on pavilion

It is getting close to decision time regarding the propopsed new pavilion in Laurencekirk’s Memorial Park.

Denis Bell told Mearns Community Council that three presentations by three different architects had been given in the previous week.

“We are now looking to hold a joint meeting with Villages in Control to go through each proposal and pick out what we like in each.

“From this we will try to get a proposal going forward that is suitable for the majority.

“We will then approach one architect and get him to take the scheme further.

“At that point we will need funding as up until now we have not been charged anything.

“Going forward to a detailed design will involve money.”

Chairman Jim Stuart pointed out that the pavilion scheme, together with the porposal for an all-weather pitch, was for the whole of the Mearns, not just Laurencekirk.

“We see this a a place for football teams etc to train in the winter.

“This is for the whole Howe, not just Laurencekirk and I would urge everyone to get involved.”

The community council are to keep a watching brief on plans for social housing in Marykirk, which they understand is ready to be put forward for planning permission.

Chris Rushbridge said: “This application has been the subject of two well attended meetings.

“I now understand the objections put forward by Aberdeenshire Council have been addressed and the applicants are now pushing to move things forward.

“The road to the site is still a single track and we are still very concerned.”

Marjorie Stewart said that as objectors, they would like to speak at the area committee when the application is brought forward, but they would have to be on their toes as a person wishing to speak needs to apply in advance.

Access rights near Marykirk are continuing to cause concern.

The council wrote to access officer Kevin Wright and his reply said that access rights changed annually and seasonally.

He said owners have the right to lock gates to aid the management of their land as long as the main aim is not just to restrict access.

Mr Rushbridge said that crops were not an issue at the two Marykirk locations as no crops were being grown.

“Pedestrian access along these tracks is all we are talking about.”

Mr Stuart said they should write again, highlighting the fact that these are established tracks and requesting another site meeting.

Councillor Dave Stewart commented that a local authority has a duty to maintain public access across areas of land. The land was formerly owned by the Forestry Commission and Mr Rushbridge said they had told him that right of access was continued.