Focus will be on work in Gourdon during 2012

Aberdeenshire Council has allocated funding of £68,000 for the Regeneration Priority Area on the coastal strip of Kincardine and Mearns this financial year and the money was prioritised into the four themes, Physical Environment, Transportation, Social Enterprise and Community Work.

Three projects are taking place in Gourdon over the coming months. A part of Gourdon is being proposed for Conservation Area Designation. A public meeting, and a meeting with the Community Council have been held and a draft report has been assembled for consideration by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee. A programme of environmental enhancements within Gourdon will be prepared following the consultation process, for implementation. Gourdon is to have a dedicated Artist working with them to help gain a better understanding and encourage the community to explore challenges and identify opportunities for the village. Working with an artist can bring about wider community engagement and through the use of art based interventions and activities all members of the community can become involved. The first event took place on Tuesday 13 December in the Village Hall. A local steering group will drive the project forward with assistance of the Artist. Initial engagement suggests people are keen to capture local stories and pictures of Gourdon’s history for posterity.

Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Association are running two projects, funded by Aberdeenshire Council LEADER, Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative, this particular fund is to specifically work with people who are 50+ and with an aim to setting up a social enterprise. The projects combined will look at the history of the Mearns over the last 30 years, things that have been introduced and local impacts. There will be a focus on people with Learning Disabilities and the intention is to focus on 30 locations in either communities, or heritage sites and assemble a brief summary of the information gathered from the project to be buried in a time capsule on 30 March 2013. The Maggie law Museum is included as one of the 30 sites and in addition to this the Museum is also the focus of refurbishment, not only to make the building wind and water tight to preserve the artefacts and improve the displays, but also with a view to becoming a sustainable social enterprise.