Kintore and District Community Council report

Fiona Cooper - a life dedicated to community
It is with great sorrow that we heard the sad news that Fiona Cooper, our ‘Citizen of the Year’ and chairman of Kintore and District Community Council, had lost her battle with cancer.

It is a measure of the huge respect for Fiona and her work in the community, that the function room at the Thainstone House Hotel was filled to capacity for the celebration of her life.

Fiona’s husband, Derek, said that Fiona was never happier than when she was helping someone. In addition to chairing the Community Council, Fiona was secretary of Kintore’s community charity, Action Kintore, operator of The Bothie youth programmes.

But the list of Fiona’s involvement in community matters is extensive. In the aftermath of the flooding emergency in January 2016, Fiona used her abilities to get things done to motivate and co-ordinate action. She was also well known for using those skills for the benefit of many other local organisations, including the Rainbows, the local food bank and community initiatives and events like the Kintore Summer Festival and the Garioch Resilience Group.

Fiona’s loss has left a huge void in our community and an empty chair at Kintore and District Community Council. If we are to take forward Fiona’s passion, we can only hope that the story of Fiona’s dedication to the community will inspire others to get involved.

So, please, consider giving some of your time to support your community. To find out more about the opportunities to get involved with the community council please email info@kintorecommunitycouncil.co.uk or come along to our next meeting:

Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm in Kintore Primary School (there is no meeting in December)

Rendering plant reopening
Those of us who have lived in Kintore for a number of years will not easily forget the issues with the rendering plant at Cottown. If the wind was in the wrong direction, the odours emanating from the Dundas Brothers plant could be quite upsetting.

I well remember dog walks being curtailed, windows being closed as we tried to escape from the smells. The telephone lines from the Kintore area to SEPA would go into overdrive. Dundas Brothers crashed into liquidation in 2004 following enforcement orders from SEPA.

Fast forward 15 years and an email was received from SEPA informing us that the new owners of the plant, Scot Proteins Ltd, are planning to recommission the Cottown plant, which processes animal by-products from abattoirs and ‘fallen stock’ from farms.

SEPA say that the operator “will need to demonstrate that the site is capable of meeting requirements of minimising odour and noise before it can be fully operational”.

For those of us who remember the issues caused by the Dundas Brothers plant prior to the 2004, this will inevitably be a concern. Indeed, I remember recently wondering if the plant was back in operation as my nostrils were assailed by a familiar, but unpleasant odour. Are we going to have a return of the Kintore “pong”?

So far we have heard nothing about an odour nuisance, but time will tell. What should all do is to note the contact information for SEPA and, if odours do cause discomfort or inconvenience, we need to report them.

So, enter the SEPA Pollution Hotline 0800 807060 into your phone book now and add www.sepa.org.uk/report into your browser bookmarks.

Let’s hope Scot Proteins Ltd and the Leo Group do prove to be a better neighbour than Dundas Brothers were.

Aiming to get more life-saving defibrillators in Kintore
It is now four years since KIntore and District Community Council installed the Scottish Ambulance Service public-accessible automatic defibrillator (AED) on the front of First Photographic in The Square. Since then, this defibrillator has been available 24-hours a day to save lives.

But, time is of the essence when it comes to getting help to a victim. Every minute counts.

When cardiac arrest occurs, it is essential to start CPR within two minutes. Getting an AED to the patient within four to five minutes is said to increase the chance of survival from just 6% to 74%.

That is why Kintore and District Community Council is really keen to increase the availability of AEDs. In particular there is a real need to get publicly accessible AEDs in the north and south areas of Kintore, so that there is a chance of getting one to a cardiac arrest within that critical five-minute period.

The technology in AED’s is amazing. The AED talks the user through the whole process, assesses the patient and only administers a shock if one is actually needed. Watch the video below and see how easy it would be to potentially save a life, should you ever encounter someone who has suffered cardiac arrest.

There are defibrillators in a number of organisations in these areas. But cardiac arrests happen at all times, when these premises may well be closed.

Considering how invaluable defibrillators are it is amazing that an automatic defibrillator costs are between £1,000 and £1,300. Not a high price for potentially saving a life. So it should be possible for our community to fund and locate further AEDs around Kintore.

If you want to help save lives in Kintore find out how to use a defibrillator in the video linked below. Or, maybe you have premises on which you are willing to buy and mount a publicly-accessible defibrillator. Or, maybe you can help with technical advice, or fundraising. To get in touch email info@kintorecommunitycouncil.co.uk.

Find out how to use a defibrillator. Your knowledge could save someone’s life with this British Heart Foundation instruction page and video https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators/how-to-use-a-defibrillator.

Rail station
You may have noticed that the towers and the bridge at Kintore station are now erected and all looks on track for the long-awaited new Kintore railway station in May.

Any infrastructure project is bound to cause disruption, but we can now see the dual tracking that will increase capacity on this line and, with the opening of Kintore station, Aberdeen city centre will be easily reachable without taking to the roads.

We can only hope the fares will be affordable.

A96 dualling
We hear that Transport Scotland do not now expect to announce the route for the section around Inverurie until next year.

The violet and orange options would both affect Kintore quite dramatically. The violet route would change our ‘sense of place’ by having a huge bridge built across the River Don flood plain, with all the flood worries that entails.

The orange route, on the other hand, would mean carving a huge cutting into Shaw Hill. With the orange route, there are concerns about the impact of a huge cutting into the slopes Shaw Hill. Which is why many in the local community are still pressing Transport Scotland to re-examine the option of dualling the A96 on its existing corridor.
Defibrillators save lives

Thanks to our Fireworks team
By the time you read this Kintore and District Community Council’s annual fireworks display will have taken place and I am sure it will have been as spectacular as ever.

Let’s take a moment to thank Kenny Thomson and Brian Johnstone, who have led the fireworks display organisation for many years, plus the many others who have volunteered for the many jobs that need done on the day.

Most of us don’t like chopping onions, so it was with surprise and pleasure that one of our community council enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity to do that very job! Thank you to all the volunteers and to all who came along and made it such a success. Hopefully we shall be able to distribute donations to various organisations as usual.

Ken McEwen
Vice Chairman
vicechair@kintorecommunitycouncil.co.uk
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