Oct NKRCC meeting summary by Cllr Ian Mollison

A lively meeting tonight when seven key figures from the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route team gave a presentation to North Kincardine Rural Community Council. About 50 members of the public were present – including a reporter from the Evening Express.

A common theme from residents as that there had been a lack of communication from the AWPR team about the day-to-day works, including the impact of seven-day working. One resident said: “We have no idea what you are doing – and we live right next to it.” The AWPR team promised to take that on board, particularly after a show of hands proved that no-one had received information flyers.

The meeting heard from director Graham Christie that they will to extend the seven day working in the new year. However he could not say whether that would be in January or later. Seven-day working has to be approved by local council environmental health officers.

Mr Christie said that seven-day working would start shortly, with work on-going from 8am to 4pm on Sundays.

Other points included:

– All work will stop over the festive period.

– Any examples of unsafe working or driving should be reported with as many details as possible.

– A Bailey bridge will be built over the B979 at the Stonehaven junction in May or June next year while the existing A90 overbridge is demolished and replaced by a wider flyover.

– Blasting will start at Kincausie in a few weeks. That is where the hardest rock is in the construction area south of the Dee.

– All material excavated in the southern leg or fastlink is to be reused in the North Kincardine area.

– in one area work had to wait for three months until a goshawk flew away.

– Engineers have been recruited from Greece, Portugal, Romania and Poland as well as from within the UK.

– The contact details for the community liaison team is 0800 058 8350 or enquiries@awpr.co.uk

In other business, the community council dealt with policing, planning, and the Maryculter woods project.

Community councillors heard that crime remains generally low, with 191 incidents reported to the police based at Portlethen, mostly traffic related or anti-social behaviour. This resulted in only two crimes, from the Crathes area.

Turning to planning, discussion centred round a new planning application for 76 one-person modular accommodation units in the western car park of the Old Mill Inn, for five years. The plans have been lodged by a company called Snoozebox Holdings Ltd. There would two rows of doubled stacked units, with nine parking spaces.The community council agreed to send a letter to Aberdeenshire Council expressing concerns but adding there is insufficient detail to put forward an informed opinion.

The meeting heard there had been a delay in the legal steps to purchase the Maryculter woods from the Forestry Commission. It will now be November before they can complete the missives. The AGM will be held on 25 November at 7.3-pm in the Scout Hut at Kirkton of Maryculter.