OUR Aberdeenshire councillors have two items of interest to Stonehaven residents on their agenda this week.
Provision for the ever-growing number of camper vans is one of the first items up for discussion at tomorrow’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee. Officers were asked to investigate a range of options for motorhomes after previous discussions last December. But in their report, none of the suggestions are recommended for action.
Use of the Beach Road/Beachfront road has been ruled out as the Roads Scotland Act 1984 prohibits encampment on a road.
And the parking area at the Community Centre poses safety issues when the elevation is considered – the existing railing is not felt to be robust enough to offer adequate protection.
The most hopeful prospect for an expedient and low-cost solution was the use of the Leisure Centre car park. But again this has been ruled out after all the regulations have been addressed, namely Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and their guidance document Caravan & Mobile Home Parks – Fire Safety Guidance For Site Operators.
On a more positive note, the Committee is recommended to consider and agree to the use of the Market Square Car Park in Stonehaven for a commercially run music event at Hogmanay, with the organiser bearing all costs associated.
The committee paper gives no clue as to the nature of the event, but if councillors accept officers’ recommendations, music in the Square could once more be a New Year option for locals and visitors alike.
The meeting takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9.30am in the Viewpoint office. Members of the public are welcome to attend.