Green space debate

A public meeting is being held in Aboyne next week to let local residents have their say on where a proposed new skatepark should be built in the village.

The Aboyne Wheelers are backing the plan to build the skatepark on the village Green within the playpark boundary (see illustration) and a formal application has now been submitted for approval.

But while many within the community support the project and say a skatepark is welcome, not everyone is happy about the proposed location.

Objectors to the proposed site say it is inappropriate to build the skatepark so close to a designated playpark for toddlers.

In a letter to the Piper, Nathan Edwardson - who works with young people in the village - agrees the skatepark is a must but not in the playpark and calls for a compromise.

But writing in this week’s issue (see Letters on page 20), Aboyne Wheelers say they “have considered 19 different locations in and around the village before deciding on the site” and claim the area of the playpark in question (to the West of the Scots pine) is currently under-utilised.

Mid Deeside Community Council has booked the theatre at Aboyne Community Centre for a public meeting to discuss the location and construction of the proposed Skatepark next Monday (September 3) at 7.30pm and are urging local residents to attend.

A spokesperson said: “This is your opportunity to assess all arguments - please attend.”

The planning application for this project is available to view online at http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/planning/apps/detail.asp?ref_no=APP/2012/2702 and anyone wishing to make a comment can do so online.

The cut off date for comments, objections and support for the proposal is September 13.