Support grows for community facility

A meeting in Laurencekirk on Saturday to discuss the future of community facilities in the town was attended by more than 70 people.

Members of the public, the community council, council officers, Councillor George Carr and MSP Alex Johnstone gathered for a “lively debate”, where it was generally agreed that the majority of community groups in Laurencekirk wish to keep a centrally localted community facility, following the opening of the new Mearns Academy community campus next August.

Concerns have been raised that some members of the community, particularly the elderly, may have problems getting to and from the campus, which is on the outskirts of the town.

Rosemary Reilly from the Laurencekirk Development Trust said: “There was an atmosphere of concentration from everyone engaged in the debate.

“The Laurencekirk Development Trust /Villages in Control will now have evidence of the community wishes to take forward to appropriate bodies including the council. We will work towards achieving the goals that will be set by the results of the meeting.”

She added: “We have had great support from Natalie Cooper from the Community Learning and Development team based in Community centre

A spokesperson for the A written report will now be produced by Dr Karen McCardle and her team to share with the community, other local organisations and Aberdeenshire Council as part of an ongoing dialogue.