Brian Johnstone, chairman of Kintore and District Community Council for the past four, years has stepped down from the voluntary role after four years.
At the community council AGM this week, Brian said it was time for someone new to come in and take on the chairman’s role, but added that he was keen to continue his involvement with the community council.
Taking over as chairman is Fiona Cooper, who was previously community council secretary. Claire Doig takes over from her as the new secretary.
Speaking to the AGM, Brian Johnstone said: “This past year has been a frustrating time in Kintore, with many proposed building developments and road infrastructure projects delayed with the economic climate.
“One development has stirred up a lot of interest in the community over their plans for development on Tuach Hill and its associated flood mitigation plans, and we still wait on the council’s decision on the developers detailed proposals.
“I hope things progress soon and enable the developments to move forward and provide additional and much needed facilities for Kintore.”
Following the flood emergency in January 2016, Brian also highlighted the steps the community council hat taken to ensure the community was better prepared, should any similar emergency occur in the future.
“Our Community Resilience Plan is in its final stages and we shall soon be presenting it to the community,” he explained. “Our emergency generator plans are progressing and expect to have the installation completed before the year end.”
The emergency generator would give power to the Kintore Public Hall in the event of a power cut. This would ensure that there was an emergency reception centre that could provide warmth and comfort – and also be the centre of relief efforts – in the case of a future emergency.
Brian also paid tribute to those who have worked tirelessly for the good of the Kintore community, highlighting the floral displays in particular.
“This past year again we have enjoyed great support from the local businesses and individuals for the provision of the floral displays again this year,” Brian commented, “and I must mention Ainslie Reid and his team of volunteers who have done a terrific job in delivering and maintaining fantastic displays.”