If you are interested in being involved in representing you community please come along to one of our regular meetings or contact the Community Council via our email or Facebook.
Our July meeting is pencilled in for Wednesday 9th July at 19.30. Please email us for details or to attend.
SSEN - new Proposed Overhead 400Kv Line
Crathes Community Update
Dunecht Estate in conjunction with RES have proposed a windfarm development on the Hill of Fare. This is a very significant proposal, not only for our community, but for the many communities adjacent to and within sight of the proposed turbines. These turbines are some 80% of the hill height on top of a prominent hill, which is surrounded by towns and villages. There are major concerns about the impact on landscape, habitat, deep peatland, and local water supplies. With such large turbines, visual flicker, noise, and vibration effects are of concern.
Please find the latest details from the developer here http://www.hilloffare-windfarm.co.uk/
In October 2022, RES held 4 public exhibitions in each of Crathes, Echt, Midmar & Learney Halls . The community councils (CC) adjacent to the Hill of Fare created a questionnaire independent from that of RES which they tabled at these exhibitions. The CC results showed that there was an overwhelming local community objection to this development with many stating site prominence and visual impact as the primary reason.
Despite most people supporting renewable energy, they felt it was the wrong site.
In response to the feedback in October, RES has just completed a further set of exhibitions in June 2023. These exhibitions were held in the same halls with the exception of the Crathes Hall being swapped for the Banchory Town Hall.
The main difference in the proposed development between October and June is the reduction in turbine numbers from 17 to 16 and a reduction in heights from 250m to 180-200m. The community councils again attended these meetings and again distributed their own questionnaires.
Although this latest questionnaire remains open to collect input from those still wishing to make their views known, it would appear from the data already obtained that despite RES’s changes, the objection has grown.
A planning application is now imminent and the community councils, who are statutory consultees to the planning process, will be representing, as best they can, the views of their communities in their submission to this application.
If you haven’t already completed a CC questionnaire, it is available here or from the QR code below. Otherwise, please also email the CC at email@example.com
Park Bridge Update
There was strong support for the Park Bridge Action Group to respond to Aberdeenshire Council strategy on bridge infrastructure. You can follow official outcomes at https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/how-we-prioritise-bridges
Follow the discussion on the separate Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SaveParkBridge/
CDDCC has access to funding and can also point community groups to organisations providing funding.
Community Resilience Plan revised Jan 21
Secure your Bike
Get ready for new fire alarms regulations