New postbox in the pipeline for Newtonhill village

NEWTONHILL will receive a new postbox within three months, members of Newtonhill, Muchalls and Cammachmore community council heard at January’s meeting.

North Kincardine Councillor Carl Nelson told the meeting that, after a meeting with representatives from Royal Mail, he had been assured that a new post box will be installed in the Cairnhill area of the village by April. Councillor Nelson and fellow Councillor Ian Mollison said that they were happy to be making progress after several months of appeals to Royal Mail on the question of a new post box.

Councillor Mollison described the process as “like pulling teeth”. A former Royal Mail employee, Councillor Mollison has been openly critical of the delays in response to a request for a new postbox, saying at a previous community council meeting in October “I am appalled with Royal Mail’s handling of this. They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Community councillors went on to discuss the best location for the new post box. Secreatary Edith Stephen suggested siting it near to the noticeboard in the Cairnhill area. Councillor Mollison agreed, saying that it is likely that it will be placed in a location that is convenient for Royal Mail vans to stop and collect the contents.

Community councillors at the meeting, which was held in Newtonhill Primary School on the evening of January 19, went on to discuss the possibility of a new railway station at Newtonhill. Community councillor Michael Morgan told the meeting that he has written to Network Rail detailing their request. He said that he had mentioned that Newtonhill has increased in size, and there may also eventually be a new town to the west of Newtonhill, at Elsick.

Councillor Ian Mollison supported the efforts of the community council. He said that the railway station at Laurencekirk, which was re-opened after a lengthy campaign, had “surpassed all expectations”.

Members also took the time to praise Aberdeenshire Council’s roads department, as well as the efforts of the refuse collectors and post men and women during the recent snowy weather.