Community council update

Speed limits, defibrillators, Hillhead Caravan Park and the forthcoming Local Development Plan were among the topics discussed at this month’s Kintore and District Community Council meeting.

Councillors are going to try to get the ancient tourist sign at the back of the Town House removed as it is so out-of-date and dirty that it is an embarrassment that it is still there. We have already referred to the desire to follow up on the enthusiastic response for “Fountain Friends” to check the fountain, before their enthusiasm is lost through delay.

The street lighting issues in the town had been due to an underground fault that has now been repaired.

Some years ago the community council had organised for a defibrillator to be installed in the town centre. But, Glen Reid (as a citizen, not a councillor) suggested that we really needed more publicly-accessible defibrillators. There are some organisations in Kintore that have defibrillators installed, but these are inside buildings and not accessible 24 hours a day.

To be effective in saving lives, defibrillators need to be located and accessible so they can be got to a victim within minutes. This matter was carried forward at the September community council meeting.

Action Kintore – the Kintore community charity behind the Bothie youth facility – now has online donations. The Bothie’s events are provided free-of-charge for young people in and around Kintore, but Action Kintore relies on grants and donations, plus rental of the Bothie building for events, to fund its costs.

A fundraising site is now online for those who wish to make a donation to support the Bothie. Donations can be made at

Councillor Ford reported that an application for residential status for mobile homes at Hillhead Caravan Park had come before the Garioch Area Committee of Aberdeenshire Council. The application was refused. It was a most unfortunate situation because some of the mobile homes were occupied by people who were apparently not aware that they were for holiday lets only.

Following a concern from one community council member that Kintore and Inverurie are on track to merge into one conurbation, Councillor Ford said he had proposed ‘green belt’ policy be reviewed for the next Local Development Plan, with the thought of getting a green belt between Kintore and Port Elphinstone..

On the Local Development Plan, the next plan should come forward for public comment early in 2020. The councillors noted that they are likely to show changes in the number of houses on proposed developments and also introduction of retail as a potential use for the site beside the new Kintore Station.

There was also the issue of community facilities being included as part of the Kintore East development and the community council’s desire for these to be located where they benefit the whole town, not just the new development. It was also noted that we need to watch for anything that might allow encroachment of development on Tuach Hill.

Councillor Hood reported that the move to enforce a 20 mph speed limit at Kintore School had been turned down by the Infrastructure Services Committee of Aberdeenshire Council, because it would be a departure from policy. However, they had agreed that the zebra crossing be raised onto a platform, which effectively means people would have to slow down.

The next community council meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, October 15 at Kintore School. Anyone interested in community matters is welcome to attend, just ask at the school for directions to the meeting.
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