Month: April 2015

When do you expect the next bus will come?

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An opportunity for you to have your say about what you expect from your bus service:

The Kincardine & Mearns Bus Forum, made up of bus users, bus operators, Community Councillors and Aberdeenshire Councillors, is a very well attended and lively meeting that always has a lot to discuss when it comes to the needs of bus users.

Kincardineshire Development Partnership (KDP) has just launched a Bus Survey on behalf of the Kincardine & Mearns Bus Forum.  The survey aims to seek opinions from residents and wants to hear from you what your requirements are for a modern bus service along the route of the X7 and the various number 7 routes.

The X7 express bus route runs the whole length of the K&M Area, mainly along the coast, while the number 7 routes serve the towns and villages between Aberdeen and Stonehaven.

The Aberdeen – Stonehaven corridor has been designated as a strategic growth area by Aberdeenshire Council’s Planning Department and is experiencing a rapid increase in population.  Consequently, the A90 is now a very busy road and presents a range of road safety issues as it is considered no longer safe for pedestrians crossing to catch a bus.   Residents attending the Bus Forum have been asking for a circular service that will operate between Portlethen and Stonehaven and serve the intervening villages of Cammachmore, Newtonhill, Chapelton and Muchalls.

One part of this survey seeks to gauge the level of demand for such a service.  The survey also seeks to receive responses on how best the bus services can meet the everyday as well as the occasional needs of the community.

The survey may be accessed online at

The Facebook link is:

Paper copies of the survey are available from KDP, telephone 01569 763246

The survey runs until 31st May 2015.

Michael Morgan

Newtonhill, Muchalls & Cammachmore Community Council

Michael Morgan

Transport in Kincardine and Mearns – What’s the latest?

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An overview of transport in Kincardine and Mearns by Nestrans’ Marketing and    Communications Co-ordinator Lucy Johnston.

Access to Laurencekirk

 What is it?

In December 2013, Nestrans commissioned an ‘Access to Laurencekirk’ study in partnership with Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Tactran. The study is being undertaken in the form of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) assessment, which will consistently explore potential options to address the Laurencekirk transport problems through a detailed consultation process.

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Local Transport Initiatives in Kincardine & Mearns

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Mearns Community Transport (MCT) runs a variety of different transport schemes, available to the residents of the Kincardine and Mearns area.


MCT believe community transport is more than getting folk from A to B. It is about social inclusion, tackling isolation, providing independence and opening opportunities.

The primary service run by MCT is the Community Minibus, which is a fully accessible minibus available for hire to all community groups and organisations in the Mearns. The vehicle is a Mercedes Sprinter minibus which can carry 15 passengers and is available for hire to all community groups and organisations in the Mearns and can be used by these groups for outings or events etc.

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Get active this summer with the Ranger Service

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The nights are getting shorter, the days are getting warmer and summer is just around the corner. This year get out and about, explore a bit more and improve your health and well-being at the same time, by going along to some of the Ranger Service events. The Rangers’ 2015 Summer Programme launches at Easter, with a mix of family favourites and new events for you to try across Aberdeenshire.  ranger_logo[1]

Ranger Service Coordinator, Fiona Banks explains: “This year we will take you along parts of our coastal path where you’ll hear tales of smugglers and shipwrecks to a background chorus of kittiwakes and guillemots. We’ll be climbing the high peaks of Bennachie with rewarding views as far as the eye can see. If you prefer a shorter walk you can discover a different side to our countryside with our ‘Wild Food Walk’ or explore the local area’s prehistoric past on our ‘Stones, Great and Small’ walk.

“For our younger visitors we’ll be delving into the depths of ponds, rummaging in rockpools and, for the brave, we’ll be venturing out after dark to discover some of our night hunters.”

For those who are keen to be hands on with supporting the Rangers programme, the Service is also looking for volunteers to help with the James Ramsay wildlife garden. All volunteers will be rewarded with a tea party and if you can’t help at this time but would like to put your name forward for other projects please email

The full 2015 Summer Programme is available to view on the council’s website under Rangers at

Is your child’s car seat correctly fitted?

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Car Seat

At the end of last year, a Road Safety Education Report revealed  the findings of children’s car seat clinics carried out across  Aberdeenshire between June and September 2014.

Out of 244 car seats checked, 78% were incorrectly fitted and 40  of the seats had major faults.


The checks were carried out as part of the Good Egg Safety  campaign which provides information and advice on in-car child safety.

We spoke to Transport Safety Education Officer Lucy Cramb about the car seat clinics and asked her advice on how to fit your child’s car seat correctly.

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Round Up April 2015

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Nourish Scotland

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Nourish Scotland – Scotland’s Sustainable Local Food Network


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