Area Committee approve boat shed

Plans for Aboyne Canoe Club's new boat shed
Plans for Aboyne Canoe Club's new boat shed

Plans were approved at last weeks Marr Area Committee meeting for Aboyne Canoe club to build a new boat shed on the banks of the River Dee.

The plans were initially rejected by officers who believed they did not comply with policy, but the members of the committee disagreed entirely.

Speaking at the meeting councillor Peter Argyle said: “There’s no doubt that the canoe club is a good thing, it’s everything that we would want to see.

“The issue comes down to the site and the consequences of this development going ahead.

“There’s no room for compensatory planting on the site, however, there is scope for other compensatory planting nearby.

“It seems to me this compromise is a good way to go.

“I think we should just go for it on that basis.”

Fellow Councillor Geva Blackett also said: “I think the applicant has demonstrated pretty good benefit to the local community.

“The trees around it aren’t in good condition anyway.

“I would be happy if there was some compensatory planting.

“I applaud what the club are doing with young people and I support them.”

Speaking to the Piper, Canoe Club Chairman Chris Redmond said: “I was delighted that the Marr Area Committee unanimously agreed to grant Aboyne Canoe Club planning permission for this much needed storage facility.

“Plans are in motion to prepare the next phase of the development, carry out the necessary tree work and investigate sources of funding.

“We are looking forward to the boat shed becoming a focal point for the club, benefiting its members and the wider community for many years to come.”