Land Train and Jubilee Hall to get top up cash

Jubilee Hall has ongoing refurbishment costing �150,000.
Jubilee Hall has ongoing refurbishment costing �150,000.

Community groups around Kincardine and the Mearns were awarded funds by Aberdeenshire councillors, following a meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors looked at requests from a number of community groups at Viewmount, with funds being awarded from the area committee budget. The total awarded at the meeting was over £6000 with requests coming from Portlethen and Stonehaven.

In a report to the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, it set out the applications for the Stonehaven Land Train:

It said: “Stonehaven Town Partnership has requested £2193 to purchase the following items for the land train; weather covers, a P A system, clothing for the drivers, advertising flyers, a heater for the cab and bus stop flags. The total cost of the project is £4386 with the remaining 50% being met by funds accrued by the land train in the 2014/2015 season.

“Stonehaven Town Partnership is also exploring sponsorship to enable the purchase of a second carriage for the land train as demand for use exceeded its capacity at times last year.”

Isabel Munn spoke to the committee on Tuesday with councillors querying fund dispersed by Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) so far.

After a vote which was carried by eight votes to two, STP were awarded the full amount they applied for of £2193.

The Jubilee Hall in Portlethen also requested funding from the committee towards the cost of ongoing refurbishment costing £150,000. The group have receviced £10,000 of ‘planning gain’ money previously and £60,000 from Scottish Government.

The group were seeking £4000 from the committee and were awarded £4183 after a motion by Councillor Bews.

He said: “This is a well used hall in Portlethen by the community which is doing a great job so I would like to see the council award them the extra £183.”