Kingseat work to be completed

Residents Suzy Tennant, Carrie Zeiler and Kevin Zeiler with Gillian Martin MSP and councillors Fergus Hood and Martin Ford
Residents Suzy Tennant, Carrie Zeiler and Kevin Zeiler with Gillian Martin MSP and councillors Fergus Hood and Martin Ford

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has met with a representative of Avant Homes to discuss the delay in work at Kingseat.

The development at Kingseat received planning permission in 2004, with the work beginning in 2006, however it was never completed by developer Avant Homes, formerly Bett Homes.

A number of undeveloped buildings have been left unsecure and in a dangerous condition, and the developer has not created the playground or converted the local Hall into a community space, as required by the planning permission conditions.

Despite repeated attempts to contact Avant Homes, residents have been left without any indication of when the site will be cleared of rubbish and the development finished.

Ms Martin wrote to Technical Director at Avant Homes, Andrew Riddle, to request he visit the site to see first-hand the poor condition it had been left in.

Mr Riddle met with Ms Martin on Friday, October 7, with local councillors and residents also attending.

Ms Martin asked for a reassurance that Avant Homes would fulfil their commitment to making the Hall wind and water tight, and clear the rubble and mess left behind across the site, and Mr Riddle agreed that this would be done before Christmas.

Commenting afterwards Ms Martin said: “The residents of Kingseat have had a long and frustrating battle to get any kind of resolution to the issue of the unfinished development of the Avant site.

“I will do all that I can to support the residents of Kingseat in securing the living environment and facilities they were promised when they chose to make their homes there.”