Thomson (Vice Chairman)
present at the meeting were Councillor Paul Johnston, Keith Newton
(Formartine Area Manager), Constable George Hall, Lucy Gray and two
members of Zone 98.
Gray, community education worker responsible for Zone 98 said that water
had come in through the back wall of the portacabin and through the roof
and the entire building was now waterlogged. The electrics were affected
and although some furniture had been rescued, the rest would not be able
to be used again. The building itself could not be used again either.
However heaters, a sink unit and shower and some other items could be
salvaged and storage was required for them.
Taylor had been in touch with Haddo Estate and had been offered use of a
steading at Wedderlairs for storage for Zone 98.
Johnston, who was also representing Oldmeldrum Rotary Club, said that
they wanted to find projects where they could do work with your people
and Zone 98 had been identified. It was agreed one of their members
would see what needed to be done top the portacabin, but then the damage
occurred. They had agreed that it was a project for which they would
attempt to raise some money. He didn't know how successful that would
be, but they were trying amongst their members to find any alternative,
Hall said that from a policing point of view since Zone 98 came into
being the number of calls-outs to Tarves had dropped, and Lucy Gray said
that 15 to 20 youngsters were using the centre each night it was open.
She also stressed that she felt some temporary solution needed to be
found to keep the centre going during the winter months when it was most
chairman questioned the long-term commitment of community education to
the project but was assured by Keith Newton that they were very
supportive, and by Cllr Johnston that the Formartine area committee
would like to se Zone 98 continue.
youngsters have already started by planning a 'van-boot' presence at the
Thainstone car-boot sales.
was suggested that there should be a sponsored sledge-hammering of the
present building to help over come the problem of removing it.
98 members are to contact Safeway, Ellon to investigate a bag-packing
and Constable Hall are to consider an 'Everest climb' sponsored event
probably in the Spring.
campaign to solicit support from local firms and individuals.
for charitable funding to be investigated by PC Hall (Diced Cap), Keith
Newton (Prince's Trust and Landfill Tax), and Ian Massie (matched
continue with Oldmeldrum Rotary
for Temporary Use
Hall to contact two caravan retailers to investigate possible purchase
of large but low-cost caravan as temporary measure.
Stephen to arrange
Massie, Colin Taylor and Paul Johnston and youngsters to meet at 2 p.m.
on Sunday November 12 to transfer equipment to Wedderlairs.
chairman reported that he had spoken to com.com Holyrood and
subsequently Udny Community Council as a result of which Pitmedden Hall
Committee had agreed to house the computer. He asked for support to
reach an official agreement with Udny CC on joint use of the computer
and this was agreed. He also said that Jim Bruce of Bruce Electrical had
reaffirmed his offer of the specialist computer cabinet and that he
would transport it to Pitmedden, and that the Tarves Community Webgroup
were unanimously in support of the latest move and were hopeful of
support for installation of a phone line at Pitmedden for internet