Chairs’ Report

Chairman’s Report for Year ended 30th April 2017

This report seems to come round much quicker than 12 monthly, but once again we seem to have been a very hard-working group of community councillors achieving many routine but necessary tasks around Whitehills and Boyndie throughout the year, as well as completion of one or two major projects.

The help and support of Duncan as Vice-Chair, Anne as Treasurer, Mattie as Secretary together with all our other community councillors has been a huge and necessary comfort to carrying out my role. We all have our own individual tasks to perform and I am happy to report on how well we continue to succeed year by year. There are Christmas Lights to organise, flower pots and beds to be cleared and filled, doggy bag dispensers to be regularly filled and general maintenance around the village. Many thanks to you all for your willingness to participate!!

A major exercise completed this year has been the now well-used Annie’s Wood pathway from the village up to the crossroads and consideration may be given for a possible future project to take the pathway further towards Ladysbridge Village. A formal opening ceremony with the school children was well attended and now allows the Primary School to restart a part of their curriculum involving woodland projects. The proposed new Community Council Scheme of Establishment has been a time-consuming and ongoing issue throughout the year with discussions back and forward with Aberdeenshire Council. Hopefully this will soon be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction in early course.

Other exercises worthy of mention are creation of our new community council website – www.whitehillsandboyndie.co.uk – thanks to Mattie for working on this on our behalf. The back path has been improved substantially with new drainage put in place where necessary, and the “Bull Ring” had a general tidy up. We continue to have a hardy team of volunteers to maintain the public toilets and continue receiving Awards for their cleanliness. We have arranged for the Bus shelter at Ladysbridge to be re-sited for safety reasons and the RAF Strike Wing Memorial is to be resituated also for safety reasons following an accident at that spot – many thanks to Aberdeenshire Council for their co-operation.

Later this year it is intended to create a new Action Plan organised and developed by Banffshire Partnership on our behalf and an open meeting will be arranged in the village for the general public to bring ideas for improvements in the local area.

Finally, we have been able to assist a number of local projects through the Boyndie Wind Farm Community Fund throughout the year to the extent of £28,735.

We look forward to continuing in the same vein through 2017/2018.

Ross Balharry, Chairman
E-mail: jrbalharry123@btinternet.com
Tel: 01261 861882