Following three days of events aimed at obtaining local opinion on a number of issues, Imagine Udny has reported that the event was a great success.
Held over the weekend of November 15-17 several meetings took place allowing anyone with an interest to take part.
Saturday morning’s workshop focused on issues affecting Pitmedden village and its development. There was a consensus that the village benefits from its peaceful setting and ample greenspace but that poor traffic management and a lack of facilities in the village presented challenges.
The development of a village focal point or ‘centre’, with expanded facilities, was identified as a top priority.
There was broad agreement that the community could develop a greater role in purchasing land around Pitmedden to help shape future development patterns. A proactive approach in terms of involvement with future development sites, and consideration of tools such as the community right to buy, were identified as key strategies.
A well-attended session was held on Saturday afternoon which summarised the findings and ideas proposed from the previous three workshops. The key preferences indicated were: A flexible community-owned space that could serve as a focal point for community activity. As part of this event, PAS highlighted similar spaces constructed in settlements across Scotland that could serve to illustrate the possibilities available to the community.
Improvements to local connectivity infrastructure, where the need to expand, link, and signpost the existing network of pathways was outlined.
The need to improve pedestrian safety via the introduction of pedestrian priority measures, expanded pavements, and crossings.
Overall, it was agreed that a collaborative approach was needed, and that the momentum generated at the workshops should be maintained.
The next meeting is scheduled for December 6 in Pitmedden Village Hall.