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6th NOVEMBER 2020 The Pitmedden Amenities Trust AGM will be held virtually this year so we ask that anyone who would like to join us for the meeting, please get in touch and we can send you a link to the Zoom location.

Volunteers are always very welcome for the Amenities Trust. Spaces will be available on the Trust so please get involved. For more information, please contact PAT on the details below. We hope to see you there virtually!

The Pitmedden Amenities Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization (SCIO) registered with the Charities Commission and is governed by a Board of trustees and volunteer helpers. The PAT own and operate Pitmedden Hall and Own the public Park by the School as well as leasing the The School Car Park and much of the Playground to Aberdeenshire Council.

Their job is to ensure the long term sustainable management of both and develop other public environment, leisure and education assets on behalf of the Community of Pitmedden and wider Udny.

Tells Us What You Would Like Udny Climate Action To Do

We are developing an action plan for the next five years. It is essential that the priorities in this reflect the views of people in the Parish.

Please complete the Survey Monkey below to let us know what you think we should take forward.



George Allan

Swimming club support for Ellon Pool

Ellon Community Campus swimming pool is delighted to have received the donation of a Sagewash Sanitizer chlorine gun from Ythan Amateur Swimming Club.

This will help with the additional cleaning measures that the pool has had to put in place to ensure COVID19 compliance.

The Sagewash Sanitizer kills viruses and bacteria as well as destroying harmful organisms and controlling algae. It will enable staff to disinfect and clean large areas and items with greater speed, meaning that more time for swimming sessions can be made available.

John Rae, Chair of Ythan ASC, said “Ythan ASC has been part of the local community for 40 years. We have been working very closely with staff at the pool to allow us to get back to the water. The swimming club, through the support of a local business, are delighted to donate a Sagewash Sanitizer which will help the necessary cleaning to be done more quickly and efficiently allowing more access to the water for swimmers of all kinds”.


In addition to “Click and Collect” and doorstep delivery services, public PC access is now available at a number of Aberdeenshire libraries.

You can book a slot to use a computer at Inverurie, Peterhead, Banchory, Fraserburgh, Ellon and Stonehaven libraries. Hour-long slots allow 45 minutes of use and the chance for staff to clean the area between users, who are asked to wear face coverings.

The opportunity to collect (or have delivered) new books, hearing aid batteries from the NHS and Curricular Support Resources has been very popular so far.  While Live Life Aberdeenshire’s digital library services have been very well used during lockdown, there has been great demand for increased access to materials only available in libraries, as well as access to public computers.   

The new services allow customers and staff to remain socially distant and safe, while still getting what they need to make lockdown more bearable.   

A new online system has been developed alongside an easy-to-use phone service to book time slots and resources. A “Live Chat” function is also available on the Live Life Aberdeenshire website. Customers can return items to any of the participating sites.     

You can call the Live Life Aberdeenshire helpline to book slots and for more information on (01467) 532929 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Further information on “Click and Collect”, doorstep delivery and Public PC access is also available online at:  https://bit.ly/CnCLLA

You can join our library service, access your account and explore our catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2yF83NN

Recycling centres to have increased flexibility

Recycling centres to allow pedestrian access and increased flexibility

Following public feedback and a review of user behaviour at household recycling centres (HRCs),

Aberdeenshire Council is introducing improved services at centres this week.

Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29), booking slots will be reduced from 30 minutes to 15 minutes to reduce queues at the start of appointments. With the majority of residents arriving at the start of their 30-minute time slots and visits completed within 10-15 minutes, this change will be more suited to the visiting patterns of residents.

The number of available bookings at Insch and Portsoy will also increase from 36 to 96 per week.

Beginning on Saturday, August 1, residents will be allowed to book 8 slots over a 4-week period, rather than the current 2 slots per week. This change will allow people with specific projects (i.e. gardening or home renovations) to access their local site more frequently over a short period of time.

August 1 will also see a change at the centres in Portsoy, Insch, Westhill, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Turriff and Laurencekirk. These sites will allow pedestrians to enter between 12:00 and 12:30 every day. Pedestrian access will not require a booking.

Claire Loney, Reprocessing and Disposal Manager at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “After listening to your feedback, these changes aim to address more specific needs and offer greater flexibility for the public.

“These new arrangements are a step closer towards ‘normality’, and we hope they are met with the same success as previously plans.

“The booking system will remain in place for the time being to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and I would like to thank residents for their continued support and patience as we enter this new stage.”

To make a booking, please visit: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentrebookings

For those who do not have access to a computer, telephone bookings can be made by calling Aberdeenshire Council’s Wasteline on 03456 081207.

Aberdeenshire Council also operate seasonal garden waste recycling points on Saturdays until October 31 at the following locations:

Balmedie: Leisure Centre car park, Eigie Road 1pm to 4pm

Newmachar: The Axis Centre, School Road, 8am to 11am

Oldmeldrum: Academy bus car park, Colpy Road, 1pm to 4pm

For more information on Household Recycling Centres, including operating times, please visit: http://bit.ly/AbshireHRC.



These are the documents of the Master-plan that has the road layout ‘options’ from The developers, Kirkwood Homes and 64 Houses in Pitmedden. Click on the link at the bottom.

The option 3 in the report and all the pros and cons are on page 30.

The Council opposed the opening of Ingleside but this was overruled by the Scottish Government via the Planning reporters.

The option 3 while, preferred at the moment may not be the final design, but its here for information.

Cllr Paul Johnston

From: Graeme Steel <graeme.steel
Sent: 14 July 2020 14:54
To: Cllr Paul Johnston <cllr.p.johnston

Afternoon Councillor

I have attached a copy of the Masterplan which is on the Planning website within Planning Application No. APP/2019/0753. All the options are detailed and reasons for possibly supporting or declining are described. Page 30 details the Option 3 preferred layout.


Graeme Steel I.Eng MICE
Principal Engineer
Roads Development (Garioch and Formartine)
Infrastructure Services

Gordon House

Blackhall Road


AB51 3WA

Telephone : 01467 537568


Scams exploiting COVID-19

Scams centered on exploiting COVID-19 have become prevalent in recent months. Everything from government grants and furlough payments, to mortgage holidays and demands for payment of fines, are being targeted by scammers utilising ever more sophisticated methods.

Many scammers are using “phishing” and “smishing” (the term for phishing by SMS/text message) techniques to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. They do this by disguising themselves as a trustworthy organisation in an email or text message, then by offering refunds or demanding payments, then direct the recipients to enter personal information on a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site.

The Scottish Government’s latest cyber resilience bulletin has details on a number of specific scam to watch out for, along with advice on steps you can take and sources of guidance and help.