New site for Hillside will emulate Auchenblae Den

The new area will be modelled on the Den at Auchenblae.
The new area will be modelled on the Den at Auchenblae.

The Hillside area of Portlethen could be in line for a new community area modelled on the very popular Den at Auchenblae.

That was announced at Tuesday’s meeting of Portlethen and District Community Council, where members were discussing a piece of land that Aberdeenshire Council intend to hand over for local use within the next couple of months.

Chairman Ron Sharp said: “We are hoping that all of the paperwork will be done by September. We went for a visit to see the Auchenblae Den, which is financed through a community trust, and we hope to do the same at Hillside.”

Mr Sharp added that volunteers will be needed to form a committee, and a meeting is scheduled to take place in early October where those who want to help out can get involved.

John Law from Stewart Milne Ltd also attended the meeting, and it was confirmed that he had secured a £10,000 donation towards drainage of the land from William Donald. Mr Law also confirmed that Stewart Milne will provide top soil for a football pitch.

Mr Sharp said: “It is fantastic and we would all like to thank John very much. I hope the community really appreciates it, especially young people, and with all of the vandalism going on lately I hope they respect the amount of hard work going in to this project.”

Auchenblae Den has two play areas with equipment including a climbing frame, swings and a roundabout. It also has a tennis court, bowling green, football pitch and further recreational ground.