Flats plan would ‘break my heart’

Torphins grandmother Sylvia Simpson with her granddaughter Alanna Dracy.
Torphins grandmother Sylvia Simpson with her granddaughter Alanna Dracy.

A Torphins grandmother says it would break her heart if a proposed flatted development is approved.

Sylvia Simpson, who has lived at Station Road for 23 years, feels that plans to build 10 flats on the existing Station Garage would ruin the area.

Mrs Simpson is one of a number of Station Road residents who have voiced concerns over the proposals since they were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council last November - almost a year after original plans to build 14 flats were rejected.

“There are a number of reasons why this development should not go ahead,” said Mrs Simpson.

“It is too big to fit in that space which would mean an increase in car congestion. It would also completely ruin the look of the place and I would have to move house if these flats were approved.

“It would break my heart because I love it here but I couldn’t stay if that monstrosity was built.”

Mrs Simpson’s grandaughter, Alanna, is a pupil at Torphins Primary School and she worries the development could pose dangers for school kids.

Mrs Simpson said: “Children use the path to go to school and it would mean they have to cross a busy car park. It’s not verysafe.”

Many residents have objected to the plans and Torphins Community Council raised concerns about the development’s size and parking in a report to Aberdeenshire Council. The issue is due to be discussed at the Marr Area Committee.