Following a very successful meeting in Johnshaven Village Hall in June, residents who have a particular interest in Benholm Mill expressed their desire to form a new group to take forward community involvement at the Mill.
Cornerstone, which is a local charity which works with adults and children with learning difficulties over Scotland, have expressed an interest in taking over the facility which is owned by Aberdeenshire Council. This would be subject to approval by Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee in late summer. Benholm Mill has long encouraged volunteers when run by a Board who stood down last week in anticipation of a new management structure, potentially anchored by Cornerstone. The café, mill grounds and community garden are all aspects which would be considered appropriate for local input.
Cllr George Carr and Ian Hunter have both agreed to assist any new group in any new structure which may emerge.
Cllr Carr said “it is in all our interests to get Benholm Mill back up and running as quickly as possible. Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee has approved the use of £10k to assist any new project to get going and hopefully will happen this year. A further meeting has been arranged for Thursday August 27 in Johnshaven Village Hall at 7.30pm to formalise the new group.”