Scout Group benefits from Top-up budget

KINCARDINE and Mearns area committee have awarded £4,770 from the top-up budget to Laurencekirk Scout Group.

The money will be used to help towards the cost of refurbishing the Scout Hut which was gifted to the group in the 1950s.

Refurbishment is being carried out in the hope that it will extend the life of the hut by 20 to 25 years.

The chairperson of Laurencekirk Scout Group attended this week’s area committee to explain what the money would be for.

It was explained to the committee that the most recent phase in the refurbishment of the Scout Hut was the roof.

Originally, cost was put at £20,000, which the group raised through fund-raising which received “fantastic community support.”

However further cost was incurred after it was discovered that asbestos in the roof would also have to be dealt with. This raised cost of refurbishing the roof, and is why the group applied to the Top-up budget.

The committee were told that the Scout Group had over sixty members aged from eight to eighteen, and that the hall was also, more recently, being used by the wider community.

Provost Bill Howatson praised the group describing their work as “commendable.”

Councillor Graeme Clark echoed this view, he said: “I think uniform groups like this are so important in communities.”

The area committee agreed to grant the £4,770 with the condition that the hut continue to be used to benefit the wider community.