Aboyne skatepark decision deferred pending site visit

The proposed site
The proposed site

Councillors have voted to defer the final decision on the controversial skatepark application in Aboyne pending a visit to the site.

Members at the Marr Area Committee meeting in Braemar on Tuesday (June 18) decided to visit the site of the proposed development on July 2 before coming to a final decision at the next meeting of the committee on July 23.

Before debating the issue Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Peter Argyle left the meeting having declared an interest.

Opinions have been strong on both sides of the debate with the council receiving a total of 149 valid representations (76 support/73 objections) on the issue.

Laura Simmons of the Aboyne Wheelers skatepark group was the first of three requests to speak on the issue.

She said: “Our group’s goal has always been to give Aboyne a skatepark to be proud of... and that can be enjoyed by future generations. This plan could really enhance our Green.”

Speaking against the proposal was acting Mid-Deeside Community Council chair Wilson Forbes, he said to the members: “Nine out of ten (in Aboyne) approve of the need for a skatepark but eight out of ten don’t agree with the proposed location.”