Neil Lindsay of Macaulay Enterprises Ltd will be attending the next public meeting of the community council (26th Feb - 19:30 in Catterline School) to begin the process of engagement and consultation with CKDCC and the local community as they prepare the Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed wind farm at Hillhead of Auquhirie (APP/2006/1777). He will be giving a short presentation to outline the project and is keen to discuss what approach they should take to local dialog and any specific concerns that can be addressed.
The Community Council has a small amount of money available to local community groups to help fund projects. To apply for funding, please either contact one of your community councillors or apply by email or in writing to the secretary;
The grants will be allocated at the meeting on 26th February, so applications will need to have been received before then.
The newly formed Catkins After School Club met with the community council to outline their plans for setting up an After School Club for Catterline and Kinneff. The lack of a good venue for the club was highlighted and, while Kinneff Hall will be used initially, it is hoped that in the long term more suitable place can be found or perhaps even built.
Arguments both in favour and against the proposed extension to the Cloak Caravan Park. Concerns about the increase in traffic and the provision of adequate screening were noted, as were the potential benefits to the local economy of an increase in tourism. The community council is keen that any potential traffic and screening issues should be effectively addressed.
Road safety was in the spotlight this month as we considered the refusal by Aberdeenshire Council to install a barrier on the A92 at Denhead of Catterline, a decision which was met with some disappointment by the Community Council. A detailed report listed the lack of reported accidents, the failure to meet any of the criteria for installing barriers and the significant cost of dealing with installed BT services as factors involved in reaching the conclusion. However, the report seemed to focus on the bridge at Mill of Uras and the section of road running to the corner at Denhead and failed to mention the gorge and plunge pool of the waterfalls at Denhead of Catterline, the top of which is some 5 or 6 metres from the road.
CKDCC discussed, amongst other things, the future of the Todhead Lighthouse and the speed of traffic passing through Roadside of Kinneff, and heard about the public inquiries into the St John's Hill Wind Farm held at the start of October and the Clochnahill Wind Farm, which is scheduled to start at 10am on Wednesday 12th Dec in Kinneff Hall.
Meanwhile, the hunt continues for new members for the community council to fill the vacant seats in Dunnottar and Kinneff. If you are interested in joining the community council, please contact the secretary.
The Community Council meets in Catterline School at 7.30 pm on the last Tuesday of the month, except for the months of July, August and December. The AGM is held after the ordinary meeting in March.
The next public meeting of the Community Council will be on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.
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