Westhill was buzzing today with lots of activities going on. My day started on a festive note right from the start; as I drove home at 8 o’clock after dropping my son off at work, on passing the Broadstraik Inn I saw Santa coming out of a car. Perhaps he had ditched his sleigh there last night. I then went to the Farmers’ Market which, despite the bitterly cold day, was bustling with shoppers taking in the festive spirit and browsing the stalls. There is a range of local food produce stands each month with local craft stalls as well. The market is a great chance to have a blether with folk and of course I cannot resist stocking up on fresh duck eggs. Then it was on to the Lions’ book sale next door in the Trinity Church. The Lions hold a monthly book sale and all proceeds go to local good causes. Trade was good today and I just had time to grab a coffee there and run to Denman Park (duck eggs intact) for the litter pick. Aberdeenshire Council Landscape Services have been tidying up and cutting back shrubs in the park, so it was a bit easier to reach some of the litter this time. An hour in the Denman made a difference then it was back home to Leddach Grange to see who would turn up to the inaugral litter pick on this side of town. Many thanks to Ivan, Cameron, Jacqueline and special thanks to Holly (5 ) and Fraser ( 2) – who were wee stars – for turning up and making a difference.
Aberdeenshire Council and its community planning partners have secured funding to continue a free graffiti removal service to ensure it is removed as quickly as possible. They encourage members of the public and businesses to use this service.
I was delighted to work with Councillor Gurudeo Saluja earlier this year to arrange to have graffiti removed from various locations around Westhill. Once the locations had been identified and reported, the work was carried out within days.
I’m looking forward to travelling to Edinburgh on Tuesday to attend the Scottish Empty Homes Conference being run by Shelter Scotland. There are over 23,000 long term private sector empty homes in Scotland. Each one is a waste and a lost opportunity for the thousands of people who cannot access decent housing. I am hoping to learn more about the funding strategies being used for this initiative and to hear all about a case study from West Dunbartonshire Council.
I’m not averse to a wee night out in Edinburgh either and hope to spend some time in the capital. I will share my thoughts when I return.
A litter pick is planned for Leddach Grange on Saturday 3rd December at 1230 hrs – just for one hour. The Community Council litter initiative is run by Aileen and Raymond Swaffield who have kindly agreed to loan us the kit and hopefully we can make it a regular clean-up. We usually meet in the Denman Park on a monthly basis to help keep it tidy. With the small amount of volunteers, there is never enough time or bodies to cover more of the area, so it would be great if Elrick could become a regular tidy-up spot too. Meet at the all-weather football pitch beside Carnie Woods next Saturday 1230 hrs. See you then!
The lamp standard at the entrance to Leddach Grange on Carnie Crescent has, I am sure, been in this state for some time. I contacted Aberdeenshire Council today who recorded my complaint. I am not particularly pedantic about how straight our lamp posts should be, but more concerned for the safety aspect. I suspect a vehicle has been in contact with it as the bottom of the post is buckled and obviously the structure is weakened as a result. As the road has not yet been fully adopted by Aberdeenshire Council, it may be that the developer still has responsibility for maintenance of street lamps here and Aberdeenshire Council have promised to clarify this. I do hope that whoever has responsibility for it takes it and that we will see a speedy repair.
There are a number of ongoing issues in Leddach Grange at the moment. One is the recurrence of damage done to the fencing which cordones off the burn running between Burnland Place and Carnie Avenue. Apparently strips of fencing has been removed by residents to provide a short-cut! Yesterday I spoke to Greenbelt Group who are responsible for the maintainance here and was assured that they are dealing with this issue. The hold-up seems to be a lack of response from home owners to correspondence sent by Greenbelt regarding repairs. I will keep you updated.