Provost Jill Webster has taken a tour of various sites in Kincardine and Mearns to lend her support to important projects for the area.
The Provost spent the day last Thursday, June 20, visiting key sites in south Aberdeenshire, accompanied by area manager Willie Munro; area chair, councillor Carl Nelson and vice-chair, councillor Peter Bellarby.
The tour began with a visit to Chapelton of Elsick, the site of a new settlement for Aberdeenshire.
The new town will include more than 4000 houses as well as schools, shops, offices, commercial and park spaces.
The provost met with the developer, Lord Southesk, to view the plans for Chapelton of Elsick, to see the site and talk about the future town.
Provost Webster then met with members of the Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP), Stonehaven Business Association, Stonehaven Tourism Group and staff from the Caravan Club of Great Britain, at the Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park.
The council has leased the site to STP, which has in turn leased it to the Caravan Club of Great Britain.
The caravan club has invested £1.8million in a complete redevelopment of the site.
It has been open for a week and the provost chatted to a number of very satisfied holidaymakers and heard how the business community hope that it will increase the number of visitors and benefit businesses and the town.
From there she travelled down the coast to Gourdon, where she met volunteers from the Maggie Law Museum and pupils from Gourdon Primary School.
She was told about local history and heritage and heard about how regeneration funding has been used at the museum, and elsewhere in the village, to make improvements.
The Provost’s final stop was the viewpoint at the top of the recently reopened Bervie Braes road.
The road, which leads from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle, had been closed for several years after major landslides on the Bervie Braes slopes.
The local community was keen to see the road reopened to encourage visitors to Dunnottar to travel to Stonehaven.
Following a £3 million programme of stabilisation works, the road has now been reopened during the summer months.
As well as hearing about planned projects, she also inspected the soil nailing which has been used to stabilise the Braes, providing better protection to many houses below.
Provost Webster said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to meet the people behind some really important projects for Kincardine and Mearns, and the wider Aberdeenshire area.
“After the council’s recent Volunteer Awards, this visit has further highlighted how important volunteers are to the success of some of our best community facilities.
“I was really pleased to hear about the great work being carried out in Gourdon and I wish the Stonehaven community all the best with their efforts at the Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park.
“Chapelton of Elsick is an exciting development and I look forward to seeing how the development comes together over the next few years.”
Area manager Willie Munro paid tribute to the volunteer groups across the community who make the area a great place to visit.
He said: “I am really pleased that the provost has been able to visit the Kincardine and Mearns area and find out about some of the exciting projects that are going on.
‘‘A lot of good things are happening here.
“Without the hard work and dedication of the many community and volunteer groups across south Aberdeenshire it would not be possible to have so many great attractions which keep people visiting the area.”
The provost’s visit was part of a major drive to promote Aberdeenshire’s industries and meet residents, community groups and council staff.