Community agrees to car park upgrade at Dinnet

DINNET: Agreement reached
DINNET: Agreement reached

Arrangements for improving the car park at Dinnet by tarring it and installing recycling facilities were agreed at a public meeting last week.

The car park will be managed by the Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust (COAT) who will install a ticket machine for visitors.

All those living in the parish will have exemption from payment and continue to be able to use it for free.

Anyone attending meetings in the village hall will also not have to pay for access.

Currently, the car park is used by people accessing the Deeside Way, walks around the Loch and as a base point for outdoor fun in and around the area.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside SNP Councillor Geva Blackett said: “Since the state of the car park was brought to our attention last autumn, Les Allan (Marr area manager) has worked tirelessly to find a solution.

“This upgrade will smarten up the centre of the village and provide a fit for purpose parking area for visitors to our area - showing them that Upper Deeside really does welcome them!”

The work is expected to start before the end of May and the public will be advised through the media when it will commence as the car park will be temporarily closed.

Parking is also available in the village or at New Kinord west of the A97: head north out of Dinnet and take the first minor road on the left.