The Stonehaven Town Partnership AGM took place this week and around thirty people attended the Heugh Hotel to find out about the organisation.
Eight of the eleven director positions on the partnership committee were filled on the night.
The directors are; Frank Budd, Dennis Collie, David Fleming, Mike Innes, Niall Menzies, Mike Robins, Doug Samways, Allan Sutherland and Jim Henderson.
There are still three directors positions available for co-option.
Those who attended the meeting were given a talk by Heather Farquhar who the chief executive of the Aberdeen Business Improvement District (BID) who explained to the how a BID Worked.
A BID is an arrangement under which local business plans work to improve their own trading environment.
Businesses identify projects or services that will add value and agree on the level of funds they will pay to make it happen. The funds generated are ring fenced and used to deliver a range of structured and themed activities voted on by the businesses in the BID. The BID and the projects it will fund do not and cannot replace those statutory services provided by public agencies such as the Local Authority, which are funded indirectly by your business rates. Instead the BID will provide new funding for projects and services, over and above those statutory obligations.
Setting up a BID in Stonehaven is one of the ideas which the Town partnership has to ensure money is invested in the Town.
The Company Secretary of Stonehaven Town Partnership, David Fleiming said: “Heather gave us some very helpful guidance to what needs to be done in Stonehaven if we are going to a business improvement district.”
The meeting was dominated by discussions about the Caravan Park, and the draft business plan which has been submitted to the local authority. Discussions did take place over the spending of money made by the partnership, with the idea of caravan cash going into the Common good fund once again being raised. However this idea was faced with many issues including the fact that in the common good fund the money is not controlled by the community.
The overall feeling was that the STP have worked very hard over the last year and have achieved lots, with particular emphasis on the successful take over of the Tolbooth museum.