Town House progress reported
At our January Kintore and District Community Council meeting, Action Kintore, reported it is making progress with its goal to bring Kintore’s iconic 18th century Town House back into use for the benefit community.
Action Kintore SCIO (SCIO stands for Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is the community charity that runs The Bothie youth facility in Kintore. Its ambition to bring the Town House back into use for the benefit of the community is a massive undertaking. If it is to be realised it will require full support from the community and a major fundraising programme.
The aim is to make the Town House a venue for community groups, functions and exhibitions with a permanent exhibition area for visitors, focussing on the rich history and heritage of Kintore and surrounding area.
So far, Action Kintore has had outline plans drawn up to show how the Town House could include multi-purpose function room to accommodate events and functions. With a capacity for around 60 people, this would be ideal for presentations, receptions, cultural events, recitals, exhibitions, talks, film shows, small wedding receptions and parties.
A new link is envisaged, under the clock tower, so that the former Kintore Town Council chamber could be used as an ante room, reception area, or bar.
One issue to overcome is disabled access. Those curved double stairs at the front of the Town House add a lot of character to the building, but do not provide easy access to the upper floor. The proposed solution would be a glazed extension at the back of the town house, with a lift and stairs to the upper floor.
This ambitious plan was always going to be a long-term project, but there have been significant advances in recent months. For example, Action Kintore trustees recently had a timber survey completed on the building. Meetings have been held with Aberdeenshire Council, owners of the building, who are generally supportive of the proposal.
The team is currently looking at raising the funding to finance the detailed plans required for a planning application.
If you would like to find out more about the project and help it progress, you can email email@example.com. If you want to support the work of our community charity you can do so at https://localgiving.org/actionkintorelimited.See the Kintore T-shirts and gifts at https://shop.spreadshirt.co.uk/aberdeen/ and get £5 off over £30 with SAVE5FEB if you're quick.Residents raise concerns about flats
Around a dozen residents near to the proposed flats on the site of the former Kintore Arms function suite, attended the January community council meeting.
The proposed flats would be immediately behind what is now The Square Hotel, Restaurant and Bar, right in the centre of Kintore and facing onto Elm Way.
The residents, most of them from Elm Way, were assured that Kintore and District Community Council had submitted a response to Aberdeenshire Council expressing concern about the scale of the three-storey block, parking issues and traffic.
The meeting heard the concerns of residents, which were mainly on these same themes. One of the younger residents pointed out concern about traffic entering and leaving the parking area.
In addition to parking concerns, residents pointed out that Elm Way was already a difficult junction with current traffic volumes.
Having heard the concerns, members of the community council and Councillor Martin Ford underlined the importance of objectors submitting their objections by the deadline.
Councillor Ford also reminded the residents that they should get together and ask Aberdeenshire Council to have one or more speakers address the planning meeting, which took place on February 6, with their concerns..Defibrillators in Kintore
In the last Kintore Konnect we recorded how it was four years since KIntore and District Community Council installed the automatic defibrillator (AED), on the front of First Photographic in The Square. This defibrillator was provided by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Recently it began to show a flashing red warning. There was some minor damage to the casing, but those who examined it do not believe it was malicious. During inspection, it was noted that the pads and the battery need replacing. The community council agreed to arrange this.
A community council sub group is now looking at how to raise the funds to install further AEDs in the town. Meanwhile take the time to view this British Heart Foundation instruction page and video – type http://bit.ly/2uL9zvC into your browser. It could help you save a life.
Local fire and rescue service consultation
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service published its Service Strategic Plan 2019-22 in October. It is now turning its attention to reviewing its Local Fire and Rescue Plans.
“This is to ensure our local priorities align to our new strategic ambitions as well as remain relevant to local risk,” the SFRS explain.
As part of this review, the SFRS are seeking our views in a short survey.
You can access the survey at http://bit.ly/2RBbVq3 and it is open until 18 March 2020.Have your say on local library service
As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s budget-setting process, savings have been identified for the library services and the possibility of the closure fo some facilities in smaller villages has been outlined.
A survey seeking views on future library provision in communities around Aberdeenshire is now underway.
“The needs of individual communities and customers want to access the services are at the forefront of us as we look at our opportunities to deliver services in different ways,” explains Janet Newberry, Senior Library Assistant at Kintore Library.
“it is hoped that the new opening hours combined with a focus on what customers need from the library can generate the savings required with minimal impact on community life. For example where communities identify low requirement for physical library services, alternative provision such as postal services, services delivered from other local premises, or outreach workers could be considered.”
Community is encouraged to give their views on local libraries via the survey which will then inform future decisions by councillors. The survey is open to the end of February at http://bit.ly/30c37tD.Rail station
All seems on track (sorry but that pun is almost unavoidable) for opening the new station in May. The new Kintore station will be a stop for almost all trains using the line.
As previously reported, the station will have 168 car parking spaces. But we now know, thanks to Councillor Glen Reid’s report, that there will be 24 car charging bays and almost 50 lockable bike spaces. A link with the past will be provided by Kintore station benches and a sign from the original KIntore Station.
Kintore Floral Group opening discussions about arranging floral displays for the new station. A96 dualling
Transport Scotland is due to decide on the route for the A96 dualling in the Kintore area. We have submitted our concerns about the the violet and orange options and urged reconsideration of the dualling the existing A96 route round Inverurie. Could you be who we are looking for?
Kintore and District Community Council is looking for people who are keen to make Kintore an even better community. We need you to join us as new members of the community council.
So, if you are willing to dedicate one evening a month to attend the community council meetings and to suggest and help implement ideas to help our community, we’re really keen to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the community council meetings at Kintore Primary School on the third Tuesday of each month (except August and December).