It happened in the Mearns

The Mearns Leader of November 11, 1966 featured a photo of pupils from the newly opened �51,000 Redmyre School in Fordoun.
The Mearns Leader of November 11, 1966 featured a photo of pupils from the newly opened �51,000 Redmyre School in Fordoun.

We take a look back at what was happening in Kincardine and Mearns this week in 1991, 1966 and 1916:


Friday November 15th, 1991

Stonehaven community council will try to delay a £200,000 scheme to improve the beach area between Market Lane and the Backies (due to be considered by the District Council planning committee later this month), because of objections raised to the scheme.

They took this action at their monthly meeting on Tuesday despite being told that the project wouldn’t cost local community charge payers a penny, and despite a warning that if the work didn’t proceed next month, the money could be lost forever, and probably go to an improvement scheme elsewhere in Grampian Region.

Instead, they backed complaints from evelen Salmon Lane and Arbuthnott Court residents who turned up at the meetingto complain about various parts of the Grampian Enterprise-financed scheme. Some objected to everything - some to the proposed wooden walkway over the Carron; the lack of disabled access to the bridge; lack of consultation; a likely increase on hooliganism and teenage drinking at their end of the new promenade if it were built; lack of lighting in the initial plan - and even the effect of the lighting, should it be installed, shining into their back gardens. On the other hand most of the complainants seemed to favour the bridge over the Carron at the beach. Replying to fierce criticism, District Council planning director Stuart Carrie gave an assurance that engineers had closely examined the design of the bridge.


Friday, November 11th, 1966

Kincardineshire Planning Committee on Wednesday refused Councillor A. A. Ross, Stonehaven, permission to re-site an existing petrol pump and to provide additional pumps, with a view to using the forecourt of his premises at Arbuthnott Place, Stonehaven, as a petrol filling station.

Mr E.J.A.Moir, county road surveyor, said it would be mainly local trade and southbound traffic using the station.

Mr R. J. Weir, Burnside, Arbuthnott Place, objected that a station there would be completely out of keeping with the district, and Messrs Findlay and Main, ironmongers, Arbuthnott Place, complained that there was already such congestion that their customers were unable to park their cars near their shop.

Stonehaven Town Council said that it would exaggerate an already bad spot. There was considerable congestion, and the increased traffic would make the matter worse.

Mr C. A. Nicoll, county architect and planning officer, said it would not be out of character, as there were already business premises and a bus garage there. The Secretary of State, as highway authority for the adjoining trunk road, said he did not wish to restrict the grant of permission, and the Scottish Development Department, said it was unlikely the freeflow would be affected.


Thursday November 16th, 1916

The usual monthly meeting of the Stonehaven Town Council was held in the Council Chamber on Tuesday evening.

The chief business of public interest was Councillor Ritchie’s motion that the Council take steps to erect a suitable memorial to local soldiers who had fallen in defence of their country.

In rising to speak to his motion, Councillor Ritchie said he thought that an object so worthy as that of raising an appropriate memorial to our fallen heroes required no great amount of commendation from him. He thought that this was the best way in which they could show their gratitude and sympathy with those who had been left behind in sorrow.

Provost Greig would further add to the good work he had already done in his native town if he took this matter up and saw to the raising of a memorial to those from the community who had fallen - a memorial which would be worthy of the noble service they had rendered in fighting for their King and Country. Personally he felt very keenly in this matter, for among the first to fall were some whom he had been proud to call comrades in arms in the more peaceful days before the war.

Councillor Ritchie accepted a suggestion that “after the war” should be added to his motion, and in this amended form, the motion was unanimously agreed to.