Tarland folk asked for their views on how their village will grow and develop

Tarland residents will have the chance to express their views on a range of new projects planned for the village at the second ‘Your Tarland - Have Your Say’ drop-in session.

It is to be held at the MacRobert Hall from 10am to 1pm on Saturday (May 21).

Among the schemes up for consultation is an initiative to create local jobs on land set aside for local businesses.

Experts from Enterprise North East Trust/Business Gateway and Rural Direct will be amongst those on hand to offer advice to would-be entrepreneurs, already established companies wishing to take advantage of the village’s modern infrastructure and rural setting, and commuters who would prefer to work nearer to home.

The latest proposals from local landowners the MacRobert Trust Estate will also be on display. These include a major housing development at Village Farm, a continuing care community in Alastrean Woo and a possible wind turbine.

The Tarland Development Group will unveil plans for a youth cinema, devised and run by young people in the village and canvassing views about a community garden and allotments.

A display of photographs, objects and documents showing Tarland at work over more than 200 years is being mounted by the Cromar History Group, and trustees of the MacRobert Hall will be providing an update on their appeal for funds to refurbish and re-equip the building.

“The people of Tarland met at a similar session two years ago to decide how they wanted to see the village grow and develop, and their views have been laid out in the Tarland Community Action Plan,” said Simon Welfare, chairman of Cromar Community Council.

“Now it is time for everyone to help push those plans forward by contributing their ideas. We are especially keen to welcome businesses to this beautiful and lively place and to stop the drift to towns and cities by providing everyone who wants it with the chance to work as well as live here.

“Exciting times lie ahead, but it’s important that the village develops in tune with the wishes of the community. We hope that as many people as possible, not only from Tarland, but also from further afield, will join us on Saturday to share their ideas for our future.”

Free refreshments will be available throughout the morning. The event is organised by Cromar Community Council, the Tarland Development Group, and the MacRobert Trust Estate, with the assistance of the Marr Area Partnership.

For further information, contact Simon Welfare, Easter Davoch, Tarland, Aboyne, AB34 4US, or call him on (013398) 80175.