Stonehaven Town Partnership to open up court building for community opinions

Stonehaven Court buildings have been empty since May 2014
Stonehaven Court buildings have been empty since May 2014

Stonehaven residents will be able to have their day in court next month as part of a project to re-creat the Stonehaven Court buildings.

The grade II listed building has been empty since May 2014 with a community bid to overtake it.

As part of that project Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) are organising two fun ‘open days’ so that the people of Stonehaven can see the building and tell STP what they think should happen to it.

The Open Days, will be held on Friday, December 4 from 4pm-9pm and Saturday, December 12 from 10am-3pm and will explain the plans so far, and give an opportunity to discuss the future of the building.

Members of the public will be able to see the old jail cells (dating back to 1767), the record rooms and the main Court No 1. Other rooms will contain art displays and craft stalls, and a history of the Listed Building.

Music will be provide by a number of local groups including the Clarsach Society, the Stonehaven Rock Choir and James’ Jazz.

On the Friday evening December 4 there will be mulled wine and nibbles. On the Saturday December 12, there will be special ‘Christmas Grub’ for the children.

The highlight of both the Open Days will be a mock trial, involving the pupils of Mackie Academy, and presided over by a well-known local judiciary figure. If you would like to be a member of the jury, contact STP now on projects@stpweb.com .

Entry will be free, and there will be a competition with a prize in the spirit of Christmas. A full timetable will be published nearer the time, and it will be available on STP’s web site at www.stpweb.org