From the Files

From our own archives we bring to you what happened in the Mearns in history.


Friday September 21st 1990

Grampian Region’s education planners have been criticised by Portlethen Community Council chairman, Mr John Dunn, for their lack of foresight.

Mr Dunn said it was plain to everybody - except the planners apparently - that if you build more family-size houses there will be more children in the area and an increase in demand for classrooms.

Speaking at the community council meeting last week, Mr Dunn said temporary classrooms were already having to be used at Portlethen Academy and this was “a heinous indictment of planning. The Academy is the jewel in the crown of Grampian Region yet, in the first year of enrolling sixth year pupils they are building temporary classrooms.

Mr Dunn also wondered where all the primary school children zoned for Portlethen Academy were going to be accommodated, as further planned development opposite the school would dash hopes of land being available to the Academy to expand.


An untidy Stonehaven site at the junction of Arbuthnott Place and Bridgefield is likely to be demolished and built on by owners Kincardine and Deeside District Council.

Last week the council’s housing committee gave the go-ahead for plans to provide 18 dwellings on the empty site.


Friday September 17th 1965

Kincardine County Council is again to consider building non-traditional houses in an attempt to keep pace with its requirements.

Shortly after the last war non-traditional methods of housebuilding were employed by almost every local authority because of shortages and the urgent nature of their needs, but there has recently been a return to traditional building methods. The result is that houses have taken two years, sometimes longer, to complete, while the housing lists have grown bigger and bigger. The reason for the delay is no doubt that most schemes are relatively small and do not attract the kind of builder who can guarantee a quick job. In the meantime, however, houses which are almost entirely built in a factory and assembled on the site have improved out of all knowledge and are vastly different to some of the pre-fabricated ones which served so well in an emergency. They may not satisfy the purists in house-building, but they will stand for many years and continue to help alleviate the position. They can be built in a matter of a month, which is a vast difference from the time taken on traditional schemes. It is to be hoped that the council will profit from their investigation, and that houses will start springing up wherever needed.

100 YEARS AGO - Thursday September 23rd 1915

There should be a big audience in the Town Hall, Stonehaven, next Tuesday, the 28th September when a public meeting is to be held by the Glasgow Corporation Belgian Committee.

Bailie James Stewart, DL, and other members of the Glasgow Committee are to speak. Provost Greig will be in the chair. The Glasgow Corporation have a large number of Belgian Refugees under their care, and funds are urgently required to provide them with the necessaries of life and to finance them until they manage to become self-supporting. The speakers will have some interesting remarks to make upon the work among the Refugees. Ladies are specially invited to attend the meeting.


This week has seen a further departure of visitors from Stonehaven, and the town is now rather deserted.

Changes have been taking place during the week at the beach. Most of the bathing boxes have now been dismantled, and removed to their winter quarters. During the past week the sea has been rather rough, and, with the full moon, the tide has been high and the waves have encroached considerably upon the beach. Most of the pleasure boats have now been removed from the shore.