North Kincardine councillor Ian Mollison today welcomed the Aberdeenshire Council decision to give the green light to a £300,000 investment at Hillside.
“This will be a boon for the residents in the new community. However this is just the start of a long process.
“The hard work will now begin for council officers, residents and the developer to turn this into reality. It will require an innovative design so that the centre can be incorporated into a new primary school when there is a need to build it.
“I know residents are eager to get started so that there can be a social heart to Hillside, something that is missing at present. At the moment there are houses, houses and more houses.
“From my own experiences in establishing and expanding the now successful Bettridge Centre in Newtonhill, I know first hand how a project like this can pull a community together.”
The paper before the policy and resources committee on 20 September said:
The Council can acquire at no cost a site for recreation and education facilities this proposal would be to create a community hall which could in the future be integrated into a new school should one be required. The hall would be run by the community. This project is accepted in its entirety but much detailed work is still to be completed before the funding is required.
It was approved along with a package of other measure across Aberdeenshire.