Court building takes step forward

Stonehaven Sheriff Court has been empty since it closed in May 2014
Stonehaven Sheriff Court has been empty since it closed in May 2014

Plans to allow the re-opening of the Stonehaven Sherriff Court building took a step forward this week with an agreement on the project’s way forward.

The Heritage Lottery Fund and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust have each offered to help Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) with this project, and a number of possible uses for the building have been considered.

David Fleming from STP, who has been working on the project for a number of months, made the announcement in an update to community councillors on Tuesday night at the Invercarron Resource Centre.

Mr Fleming said: “I am planning to meet with the Heritage Lottery Fund on July 7. There are three things we will have to look at. One is the conservation work, two is the business plan and the third is how to further community involvement.”

Mr Fleming also told the community council that Dunnottar Primary school, which had originally been touted as using the old building had been ruled out.

Mr Fleming added: “There are five organisations who have expressed a detailed interested in the building.”

The Grade B listed building in Dunnottar Avenue has been empty since the Stonehaven Sheriff Court moved to Aberdeen in May 2014. There were concerns from residents that it would be turned into flats.