Council to begin work on fountain

Kintore fountain, in front of the town's historic Town House
Kintore fountain, in front of the town's historic Town House

Aberdeenshire Council are to begin work on Kintore’s fountain, located in front of the town’s historic town house.

The fountain has not operated for some years, but over the next few weeks it will be fenced off for a few days for repointing work, followed by a water-tightness test.

The aspiration is to see the Aberdeenshire Council owned fountain functioning again.

East Garioch councillor Martin Ford said: “The fountain occupies a prominent position in The Square and forms part of the setting for the nearby historic buildings.

“Both in Aberdeenshire Council and at the community council, discussions have been on-going for some time about bringing the fountain back into use.

“There are issues about how to repair the damaged top of the fountain in a way that makes it less susceptible to damage in the future, has an acceptable appearance and still allows the fountain to work.

“Also, if the fountain does operate, there will be some on-going running costs relating to keeping the water clean and safe.

“The view expressed at the community council and elsewhere is that the fountain should be put back into operation.

“I hope the Council can find a way of repairing it.”