Big plans for Udny and Pitmedden

Morven Reid, Alex Pullar and Charlotte Mincher investigate some of the plans for Pitmedden at Friday's Planning for Real event in the village hall. (Picture: Kenneth Hutchison)
Morven Reid, Alex Pullar and Charlotte Mincher investigate some of the plans for Pitmedden at Friday's Planning for Real event in the village hall. (Picture: Kenneth Hutchison)

RESIDENTS gathered on Friday at Pitmedden’s Village Hall to take part in a ‘Planning for Real’ excercise organised by Udny Community Council.

The event involved large, 3D displays of the villages designed and put together by pupils from Udny Green and Pitmedden Primaries.

Residents were encouraged to visit, and choose what facilities they would like to see in the village from a selection of cards available beside the maps. Suggestions already made include a cinema, more shops, and improved facilities in the area’s parks.

Planning for the future of Udny has taken on new importance in the wake of last week’s official foundation of the community turbine, which will generate between £100,000 and £250,000 a year for the next.

A community trust is currently being formed which will be involved in choosing projects which can benefit from the funds.

Community council chairman Brian McDougall said that the event was down to the artistic skills of the local schoolkids.

“We supplied the base map, but all the three-dimensional work was done by the kids. they supplied the imagination!

“We’ve kept a list of things that folk have requested since we began the turbine project, and posted them in the hall for visitors to draw inspiration from. People were invited to put stickers next to their preferred options, which will let us see what’s most popular.”

He said that although the results were still being analysed, it was clear that there was significant support for a renovation of the village hall, and a small tractor to clear snow in the winter.

“The present village hall is far from ideal,” he said. “There was strong support for a facelift, until such time as we can get a new one built. There was also a lot of support for the idea of a small snow tractor, given the council cuts. There’s a waiting list of volunteers to drive it, apparently!”