Crematorium plans lodged

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AFTER various public meetings earlier this year on the proposed crematorium to be built at the south of Mintlaw, plans have been submitted to the council.

The proposals, which were generally well received at both Stuartfield and Mintlaw with more than 100 members of the public in attendance.

Main issues raised were landscaping, and more trees and a grass areas have been incorporated into the new plans.

The application also shows details on a building measuring to 2,856 sq/m, on land of 5.05 hectares including 290 spaces.

Public areas include a main hall, toilets and tearoom seating up to 450 people along with an administration department and a garden of remembrance.

Applicant Robert Mackie said: “There was some very strong support for the crematorium in both Stuartfield and Mintlaw.

“There have been no major issues raised by members of the public – a grass bunker at the front was mentioned and we have taken that on board.

“We’ve had members of the public from as far as Peterhead, Ellon, New Pitsligo and Fraserburgh coming along to the meetings and showing their general support.

“I think a lot of people have the same idea that this build is more Central Buchan and it is very close to a main route used by people from all the surrounding rural areas.”

Members of the public who may have any concerns are asked to have their comments submitted to Aberdeenshire Council by March 21.