Stonehaven Community Garden plans revealed

Stonehaven Business Association has applied to Aberdeenshire Council for planning permission in a bid to create the community space at Market Square.

Tuesday, 1st December 2020, 5:14 am
Artist impression of how the garden will look.

The proposed Phoenix Community Garden was created following talks with local groups including Stonehaven Town Partnership, Stonehaven & District Community Council, Stonehaven Men’s Shed and the Stonehaven Horizon Project when the council’s Phoenix Fund was announced.

The fund was set up to provide a boost to town centres following the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Money for the project has also been supplied from the Scottish Government Town Centres Fund.

A design statement issued by Hyve Architects states that this project would “create an outdoor civic space for people to enjoy within the town centre”.

If approved the area next to the granite fountain would be cleared with new planting and seating installed to make it a “more welcoming space”.

The planting would be created and maintained by the Stonehaven Horizon Group.

Amenities and two disabled spaces currently in the proposed garden area would be relocated elsewhere in the square if the application is approved, while the granite fountain and horse trough will stay in place.

The statement adds that the garden has been designed with inspiration from the Stonehaven Hogmanay Fireballs ceremony.

It is hoped the contemporary community garden would encourage residents and tourists to visit the town centre and its local businesses.

Dawn Black, of Stonehaven Business Association, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the project’s planning application is now in having been working on the project’s development since June.

“The funding is time limited so we hope to get all permissions in place by the end of January so work can commence early spring 2021.”