Hillside Survey for Residents

A SURVEY to gather the opinions of Hillside residents about uses for a new community hall has so far been filled out by more than 140 people.

Aberdeenshire Council has committed £300,000 for the development of a community facility in the Hillside area of Portlethen. The facility could be located on part of the ground on the road to Banchory-Devenick which has been reserved for a school, or on part of the land next to this which has been reserved for a football pitch.

A Schoolhill Community Hall Committee was formed by local residents in September last year, and they compiled the survey. The hall will be run by the community, for the community.

North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison explained: “Building the community hall on the land that was set aside for the school is a way to putting it to short term use until the time comes when we get a school.

“The intention is that in the long-term that community hall will become part of an educational complex which includes a school.

“The survey is to find out what people want the hall to be used for. It’s got to be something that the community want, as it will be run by the community for the community.”

The survey asks residents what they would like to see the hall used for, offering a range of choices including fitness classes, parent and toddler groups, aswell as coffee mornings and art and craft classes.

The survey can be found in Portlethen Library and only takes a few minutes to complete. The final date for filling it out is March 24, and organisers are encouraging as many Hillside residents as possible to fill it out.

Anyone who would like to know more about the Committee can contact Cllr Evison by email on cllr.a.evison@aberdeenshire.gov.uk