A decision by councillors to agree in principle to grant a Hogmanay event to take place in an Aberdeenshire town has been welcomed.
Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee voted seven to five in favour of the recommendation to allow for the Hogmanay event in Stonehaven this year.
Following the committee’s decision Stonehaven and District Community Council (SDCC) welcomed the news.
SDCC chairman Phil Mills-Bishop said: “We had concerns about the event going ahead, however we let elected representatives take a decision on it.
“I think our concerns have been reflected in the vote.
“I just hope this isn’t another disaster and a debt ridden event like the last one.
“As a community council we will fully support the event as well as the fireballs which add to the experience here in Stonehaven at New Year.”
The application by Two Presentations will now go to Aberdeenshire Council’s licensing committee in order for it to be fully granted.
Keith Montgomery, who owns Two Presentations, was delighted with the decision.
He said: “I am over the moon with the decision as it can mean we can really start thinking about the event now.
“This was the last hurdle so to get over that is fantastic.”
Included in the report to councillors yesterday was the agreement that Aberdeenshire Council shall recoup all cost associated with facilitating the event in the Market Square car park.
In a heated debate, which lasted over half-an-hour, elected representatives discussed the noise factors and the impact it would have on the community over the festive period.
Cllr Raymond Christie said: “On balance I don’t think people in Stonehaven want a commercial event and would rather go back to having a community run event.”
While Cllr Wendy Agnew said the noise factor was the main problem.
She added: “People are trying to get to sleep and can’t because of the sheer noise.”
However, Cllr George Carr was fully supportive of the event. He said: “It is good for Stonehaven to have an event like this.
“Providing the event is run well then this will be great publicity for Stonehaven.”
Cllr Peter Bellarby went a step further and added it would help to maintain Stonehaven’s place on the map.
Open Air in the Square organised the event for a number of years but did not stage one in 2016 after the charity found itself in financial difficulties.