Facilities, school safety, rail and A96 Dualling

Lack of Facilities in Kintore
In the last issue of Kintore Konnect, we talked about a lack of facilities in Kintore and what did the Community think. Obviously, there are some facilities that private businesses need to set up for example, a petrol station, however, other suggestions have been a skate park, men’s shed, art and recreational classes, tennis courts and gym.

Over the next few months, the community council would like to hear views from the residents of Kintore on what facilities should be available. This process will go forward into a report and possible funding will be identified including applying to Aberdeenshire Council.

It is hoped that this initiative will be supported by the community as to do nothing will result in no improvement of facilities. Kintore is now the tenth largest town in Aberdeenshire in its own right with a substantial business centre within its business parks that are home to a many major companies.

We have a fantastic amount of community minded individuals who give their valuable time to run various groups so to come together and unite for facilities in Kintore, so much could be done. Recently this was proved when Kintore fundraising team asked for support to raise funds to replace the Christmas lights. At the start it was perceived as a huge challenge but monies in excess of the amount initially required was achieved in less than 3 months. Please get involved by giving your views.

Kintore and District Community Council

School safety
Cllr Reid is still trying to get railings installed at Kintore Primary School for pupil safety.

Kintore Station/Network Rail-Update
In addition to works in respect of building Kintore station, works will commence in May for the dualling of the track and details of rail closures are below. 

Rail Closure Dates:
Saturday 4th May –  Friday 14th Jun - (6 weeks) - Bus replacement Dyce to Inverurie
Saturday 15th Jun –  Friday 9th Aug - (8 weeks) - Bus replacement Dyce to Huntly                  
Saturday 10th Aug – Monday 12th  Aug (3 Days) - Bus replacement Aberdeen to Inverness
Tuesday 13th Aug – Monday 19th Aug (6 days) – Bus replacement Aberdeen to Huntly.
The amended bus timetable will be published on the ScotRail website very soon allowing members of the public to check their journeys ahead of travel. Over the coming weeks, Network Rail will communicate directly with communities through leaflets and letters and public meetings are detailed below.
Tuesday 5th March – public open afternoon at the BAM Compound in Inverurie
Monday 11th March – public town hall event, 6pm at Inverurie Town Hall
Tuesday 2nd April – public open afternoon at the BAM Compound in Inverurie

Fountain in Kintore Square
Works should be finished by end of February 2019. The fountain will then operate between May and September.

Snow Warden Opportunity
In our last article, we highlighted the Snow Warden scheme where the council actively support groups of volunteers who wish to offer their spare time to clear snow form publicly-adopted footways and footpaths. There have been some take up in Kintore but should anyone else wish to apply details of the information pack is still available on Aberdeenshire Council’s website.

A96 Dualling
If you are dualling an existing road, you would expect the upgraded road to follow a similar route.

However, one option for the A96 Dualling seems to have lost its way. The blue-green-violet route veers away from the A96, crossing the Don Valley and carving its way through 1,769 acres of quality farmland, splitting 63 farms in the process.

Why? To get to a flyover in a rural location near Lochter.

The rationale, apparently, is:
  • to open up land to the north of Inverurie for development
  • to entice traffic from the A947 to take the long way round, joining and increasing traffic into Aberdeen from Kintore. (The aim being to delay the need to upgrade the A947.)

What does this cross-country route mean?
  • The extra distance would add some 2,400 miles and around £360 more fuel to an annual commute from Huntly.
  • The loss of farmland would take at least £760,000 of agricultural output out of our economy each year.
  • Start a rush of development for the rural area north and east of Inverurie and Kintore.

But, for Kintore, probably the biggest concern would be that the blue-green-violet option would add more traffic onto the already busy A96 into Aberdeen.

As an upgrade of the A96 from Inverness to Aberdeen, it really does seem as though the blue-green-violet option has lost its way.

Get the A96 Dualling back on track. Write to Transport Scotland a96dualling@transport.gov.uk and your MSPs now. Find their contact details at https://www.parliament.scot/msps.aspx Find the route option maps at https://bit.ly/2Ij1gh2

Inconsiderate Parking/Dog fouling
Once again we have received complaints in respect of above and we would urge you to park with consideration so as not to cause difficulties for other residents or the emergency services. The distress that is caused by dog mess on our payments is massive. Please pick up after your dog and put in the nearest dog bin. If you have any photographic evidence of dog fouling, this can be sent to the dog warden, details on Aberdeenshire website

PC Steve Middleton
At our last meeting, we said goodbye to our community policeman, PC Steve Middleton (pictured holding his certificate with Aberdeenshire Councillors and members of the community council).

Kintore and District Community Council with Steve Middleton

Steve has worked tirelessly in our community over the years and after 30 years is now retiring. We were delighted to give Steve a Certificate of Appreciation in honour of his services to our community.

Fiona Cooper
Kintore and District Community Council
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