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A Bird’s Eye View

By bellmannews / April 5, 2019

IT was a dramatic start to the day for residents close to the picturesque White Bridge, as the deck section was lifted and sent on its way to a specialist metal works company in Perth, where it the structure is to be refurbished. It will take approximately a year before the familiar crossing is back […]

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A Business Built on Passion

By bellmannews / April 5, 2019

WHEN the doors close later this month as John Briggs’ Persian Rug Shop moves premises, it may feel like the end of an era – but it won’t be the end of his fascination with the rugs, carpets and culture of Iran. When he bought the distinctive red-brick building back in 1995, John was the […]

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Flood Scheme Drop-in Sessions

By bellmannews / April 4, 2019

THE first weekly informal drop-in hosted by the flood protection scheme contractors was held this morning at The Villa coffee shop on Arbuthnott Place. Community liaison officer Sheila Tolmie of McLaughlin & Harvey was joined by project Manager Matt Sharpe for today’s cup of coffee and chat opportunity that saw a number of locals go […]

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Waste Scheme Binned

By bellmannews / April 3, 2019

ABERDEENSHIRE Council has scrapped plans for an additional recycling collection after losing funding expected from Zero Waste Scotland. Instead, a deposit return scheme may prove the way forward for the efficient recycling of much of our single-use waste. This money-back system is used in most Nothern-European countries, where the deposit amount is called pant. Many […]

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Last Chance to Comment on Local Plan

By bellmannews / April 1, 2019

CONSULTATION on the emerging Aberdeenshire local plan ends on April 8. A local development plan, LDP, identifies development opportunities in our towns and villages, and sets out the policies all applications will be assessed against. Aberdeenshire Council is formulating its next LDP – for the ten years commencing 2021. In January it published its Main […]

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The Bellman Loves to Ferret Out A Good News Story

By bellmannews / April 1, 2019

Meet Ally Milne from Aberdeen with his pet ferret named Bear! Bear is two-years-old and fully house trained. Ally told us he had wanted a ferret for a pet for years – and now has Bear keeping him company about his home, following him around the flat, even to the loo! And of course Bear […]

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140-Year-Old Bridge Closes

By bellmannews / April 1, 2019

As part of the flood provention  scheme the Cameron Street White Bridge will close, today, for one year. The contractors intend to lift the bridge on Friday. It is to be removed and taken away for refurbishment of its cast iron structure before being reinstated next year. See our earlier report

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Folk Festival Tickets go on Sale

By bellmannews / March 27, 2019

This year’s Stonehaven Folk Festival takes place on July 11-14. A line up of famous names old and new have been confirmed, giving keen festival go-ers a chance to ponder their concert options before buying tickets, which go on sale on April 1. Dervish, international stars of Irish Folk music, Dervish, will head the bill […]

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Wading Workmen

By bellmannews / March 27, 2019

The Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme is proving an attraction in its own right. Visitors stood watching with interest from the boardwalk wooden bridge at the works being undertaken on the River Carron. Meanwhile, Project Community Liason Officer Shiela Tolmie, pointed out the route where a  temporary beach bridge crossing will be placed over the Carron. […]

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Area Committee Funds

By bellmannews / March 26, 2019

THIS week’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meeting was all about budgets – landscape services, roads maintenance – and the Committee’s budget for local projects. This year, some £80,000 can be applied for, with the maximum payment for any one initiative being £8,000. Much talk was had of participatory budgeting (PB) – a process in […]

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