Progress over plans to buy North-east town’s old court building

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Plans for a community takeover of a former court building have taken a step forward.

Stonehaven Town Partnership has applied for a community asset transfer of the town’s old sheriff court, but must first put up funds for the work needed to bring the building back into use.

Its owners, the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, have confirmed that if the refurbishment cash is guaranteed, they will hand it over to the Stonehaven Town Partnership for just £1.

The STP has now applied to the Kincardine and Mearns area committee seeking £8,000 for the project and several local groups, including Citizens Advice Scotland and the Aberdeenshire Council employability service, have pledged to take up office space in the finished building.

The report, which was being presented to the Kincardine and Mearns committee today, indicates the project still requires £75,541 in funding.

An application has been made to the LEADER programme for £48,541 and another for £5,000 to the Auquhirie windfarm fund.

If the £8,000 is granted by councillors, this would only leave a £14,000 shortfall.