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THERE is local interest in taking over the St Laurence Hall in Laurencekirk, as Aberdeenshire council pursue the disposal of certain of its assest, but only if the terms are right. Jim Stuart asked Mearns Community Council if the hall would be handed over in the standard it left Laurencekirk Town Council, with a hallkeeper’s house included.

“There is a group of people interested in the hall, but they are disappointed in its present state.”

Chairman David Nelson said Villages in Control were looking into the question of asset transfers. Mr Stuart said he thought the assets had to be handed over to volunteers, not a quango, but Mr Nelson said the VIC members were all volunteers.

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SCOTTISH Water have cleaned out the main sewage pipe in Marykirk. Chris Rushbridge said this seemed to have solved the problem.

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THE Police report to council revealled that lead had been stolen off Laurencekirk Primary School during the summer holidays. Members were told that the price of lead and copper at the moment makes it attractive to thieves.

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PARKING on the pavements is against the law, despite some people thinking they are doing the right thing in easing traffic congestion. A police officer said that if cases were brought to their attention, they would have a word with the offender in the first instance.

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THE opinion of counsel is that the right of way at Mayfield, Auchenblae should be restricted to pedestrians and dogs under control and that cyclists should dismount when using it.

Shirley Castles said there should be signs put up saying it was a right of way through to the Den as it was flat and ideal for wheelchair users. Councillor George Carr said the maintenance of rights of way, the way they had historically been used, was an important principle.

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AUCHENBLAE residents have not enjoyed the experiment whereby their street lights have been switched off at Midnight. Shirley Castles and Trevor Hodgson said the level of vandalism was up. Councillor Carr said all evidence and opinion should be passed to Aberdeenshire Council, so that they could decide if the initiative would continue.

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HISTORIC Scotland are to be approached about cleaning the Cross in Fettercairn and negotiations are ongoing regarding clearing the path out to Fettercairn cemetery.

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GULLIES require clearing in Laurencekirk, at the bottom of the High Street and at the top of Blackiemuir Avenue.

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MARYKIRK cemetery is badly in need of maintenance. The water supply to the cemetery remains burst and the paint is flaking off the gates.

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THE wrangle over access to Luthermuir park remains at stalemate. Janette Anderson asked: “Do the council not want to help us? Bollards to protect the properties at either side of the entrance had been suggested, but Mrs Anderson said she had received no reply from area manager William Munro.

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THE wall surrounding the car park at the top of the Cairn o’ Mount has again been struck by a vehicle. This will be reported to Aberdeenshire Council.

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CHRIS Rushbridge asked what “bird box-like” objects were that had been fixed to lamp posts in Marykirk. It was suggested they were devices put there by the police to monitor speed.