Meeting held over Aboyne skatepark

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A public meeting was held in Aboyne this week to allow local residents to have their say on where a proposed new skatepark should be built in the village.

Around 60 people attended the meeting in Aboyne theatre which was chaired by Brian Kinkead of Mid Deeside Community Council (MDCC).

Emma Palmer of Aboyne Wheelers spoke about the history of the project, the ten years it has been in development and the fact that most people who have commented support the principle - the only issue is the site.

She then spoke about the search for a location where 19 options have been considered, including the site near the fire station that got planning permission in 2007.

Ms Palmer said the site that best meets their requirements is within the playpark on the Aboyne Green.

She added that the group are fully aware of the sensitivities but believe that they are adding to the facility.

Wilson Forbes spoke for objectors, supporting the principle but not the location.

Mr Forbes raised a number of concerns about the business plan and about the consultation undertaken.

He argued the skatepark should be somewhere else because the play park is for young children and older ones should not mix with them, together with concerns regarding noise and anti-social behavioir.

Attendees were invited to add questions and comments which led to discussion of alternative locations but the only one mentioned was at Aboyne Academy. It was explained by the Wheelers this was not viable due to concerns over liability, management, lack of space and safety raised by the school.

The meeting finished without conclusions or decisions.

The MDCC will hold their meeting next Tuesday at 7.30pm in community centre.