Calling all cat lovers



Stonehaven Cats Protection is teaming up with local vets to offer a special deal on cat neutering and micro chipping.

For the month of June, as its National Micro chipping month, you can have your cat Micro chipped for just £12, and the cost of Neutering FREE.

Cats Protection does not routinely offer a micro chipping service for owned cats, only cats in our care.

The importance of neutering and chipping your pet is high, far too many cats and kittens are unwanted because of a lack of education around neutering. Neutering and chipping is a quick and easy process and beneficial to your cat and you too.Please take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Please contact us on 01569 739396 and select ext 5

Stonehaven Flood Plan


New plans to protect Stonehaven from future flooding will go on public display in the town today.

Residents will be able to see Aberdeenshire Council’s latest proposals from this afternoon ahead of a formal consultation.

The £15m project includes building flood defence walls along the River Carron and improvements to culverts and raising bridges.

The legal process to promote a flood scheme for the town means it has to be advertised and all those with an interest in land affected by the scheme notified.

At that stage anyone can formally object to the proposed scheme.

If these objections are not resolved the scheme will be referred to Scottish Ministers.

A digital “fly-through” video has been produced to show how the plans will look.

Network Rail – Strike


Most trains in Scotland will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday next week because of a strike by rail workers.

ScotRail confirmed that the “vast majority” of train services across Scotland would be hit.

The services listed below are likely to run on a reduced basis and will operate largely between 7.15 a.m. and 5.45 p.m. on the days listed.

Monday, May 25 only

Glasgow Central – Paisley Gilmour Street

Glasgow Central – Neilston via Queens Park

Glasgow Central – Newton via Maxwell Park

Monday, May 25 & Tuesday, May 26

Edinburgh – Glasgow via Falkirk High

Edinburgh – Kirkcaldy – Glenrothes

Edinburgh – Cowdenbeath – Glenrothes

Glasgow Central – East Kilbride

Glasgow Queen St (High Level) – Anniesland

Glasgow Queen St (Low Level) – Cumbernauld

All other services will be cancelled all day Monday and Tuesday.

ScotRail has launched a dedicated web page where it will be posting timetables for the routes that will be running during the strike. (

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “I am disappointed that our customers have to experience this level of disruption. We are doing everything we can to safely run as many services as is possible under the circumstances.”

Mains Of Cowie Plans Rejected


Plans for a development at Mains of Cowie, including a supermarket, primary school and 400 homes were this week rejected by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee.

At the meeting held on Tuesday at Viewmount, local councillors agreed with Planning Officers’ recommendation of refusal and refer the Stewart Milne application to full council.

The application for a mixed-use development, including residential dwellings, community and retail facilities, a primary school, petrol filling station and associated access routes and landscaping on land to the north, east and west of Mains of Cowie, Stonehaven, was submitted to Aberdeenshire Council in October 2014.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee were given the chance to comment on the plans before it goes to Full Council for a final decision.

Local councillor Peter Bellarby said at the meeting: “We have a large number of objectors. They were overwhelmingly of the opinion that this development is not right and should be refused.”

Cllr Bellarby put forward a motion that the Area Committee agree with the planning officers recommendation of refusal and refer to the full council.

In a report to the councillors planning officers stated: Due to its scale, composition and situation within the visual envelope of Stonehaven the proposal is considered to have a detrimental impact on the existing landscape character and setting of Stonehaven and on the valued Black Hill.

“At the present time, the social and economic benefits of the proposed development are not considered to outweigh the agricultural value of this site. The proposed site requires to be served by a new access, on to the B979 public road. It has not been demonstrated that the required access will not have significant transport impacts on existing and committed transport infrastructure. Furthermore it has not been demonstrated that the site can be made convenient for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.”


Joe Kemlo and David Dobbie show Splasher how to use the smart new locker keys

PICTURE: (L to R) Friends of the Pool volunteers Joe Kemlo and David Dobbie show Splasher how to use the smart new locker keys.

The countdown is on for the opening of Stonehaven’s unique heated open air pool!

Due to open on Saturday 30th May at 11.00, the Pool is acknowledged as the UK’s only heated, seawater, Olympic-size open air pool, and is central to Stonehaven’s summer. This year, the charity, the Friends of Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool is giving businesses with a local connection the opportunity to support the Pool by sponsoring either a week or a midnight swim. Funds raised will be used to purchase additional safe, durable and attractive poolside furniture and other new equipment to enhance visitors’ experience of the Pool.

Friends’ Vice Chairman, David Culshaw said: “sponsorship opportunities start at just £200 for a week early or late season and rise to £400 in high season and we are delighted that two award-winning local businesses have already signed up – The Bay Fish & Chips and Charles McHardy, butchers. Anyone interested in joining them can contact us via our website or through Elma McMenemy who is co-ordinating sponsorship this season – although make no mistake, Elma is also contacting local businesses direct! She can be reached on 01569 750700.”

Previous Friends’ fundraising activities have resulted in a new, more user-friendly system for Pool lockers. Up to now, swimmers had to request a locker key from reception, for which they paid a £1 deposit. David continued: “with the old system, customers had to queue up twice – once to get their ticket and locker key and then again to return their key and reclaim their deposit. Inevitably, this caused log-jams on busy days and we also lost quite a few keys that way. Now we have installed new coin-return locks to the lockers, so that anyone with a £1 coin can use a locker and when they unlock it, the key is retained and their coin is returned.”

 The Friends are hoping for good weather for Opening Day on 30th May, but are promising a day of music and fun in the Pool whatever the weather. The Friends say: “the Pool’s cool when it’s hot and fun when it’s not!”

Eurovision Fever is coming to Mearns FM!


Starting Sunday 17th May Mearns FM will bring you a series of 1 hour special shows with Ewan Spence in the build up to Eurovision and a 3 hour special show with Tommy Ferguson on Friday 22nd May.

The 1 hour specials schedule is:

Sunday 6pm – 7pm
Monday 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday 7pm – 8pm
Wednesday 6pm – 7pm
Thursday 3pm – 4pm
Friday 5pm – 6pm

Tommy will be on 2pm – 5pm on Friday for the Eurovision Special.

Stonehaven Business broken into


A three figure sum of cash was stolen from Maggie May’s on the Market Square in Stonehaven this week.

Police are appealing for any information regarding the incident and have said they believe the theft happened on Monday night or in the early hours of Tuesday.

The family run business is owned by Paul and Lynne Bowden. Lynne currently sits on the Stonehaven and District Community Council.

A Police Spokespersons said: “Police Scotland informed of a break-in to a commercial property in the Market Square area of Stonehaven on Tuesday 12 May.

 “The break in and theft is believed to have happened between 5.30pm on Monday 11 May and 9.50am on Tuesday 12 May and a low-three figure sum of cash stolen.

“Anyone who may have information relating to this incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

New Area Inspector In Stonehaven

Stoney inspector

Inspector Fionnuala McPhail has recently taken on the role of Area Inspector for Kincardine and Mearns based in Stonehaven.

Inspector McPhail joined the Police in November 1992, spending the next 12 years working in Peterhead, Aberdeen and in various roles within the CID. During this time she also worked in the Firearms Department undertaking Royalty Protection duties and working in the Netherlands during the trial of the Lockerbie bomber.

In 2004 she moved to the then Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency, based in Paisley but working throughout the UK and Europe tackling issues of Serious Organised Crime and Drugs.

 In 2009 and on return to the North East of Scotland she was promoted to Sergeant and was stationed at Stonehaven, where she worked for three years as an Operational Sergeant. During this time she was involved in a number of local events and significant incidents which ensured that she became familiar with the area and formed a connection to the Community there.
She later undertook roles as Divisional Training Sergeant for Aberdeenshire and Moray overseeing the recruitment and training of new officers and also spent time conducting training courses at the Scottish Police College, before returning to Operational duties as a Sergeant in Inverurie. She returned to the CID in 2014, specialising in the investigation of Rape and Sexual Offences.

Her first posting as Inspector sees her return to the Kincardine and Mearns area where she is now based in Stonehaven and has responsibility for the area stretching from Portlethen to south of Laurencekirk and across to Drumoak and Maryculter.

Inspector McPhail said: “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to the Kincardine and Mearns area to work. It is a wonderful community and an appealing place to live and work. That said I will not be complacent and am committed to keeping people safe in the area, whether residents or visitors. Along with my team I will actively target individuals committing crime in this area and work hard to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of the community. I will continue to tackle violence and road casualty reduction and will use all specialist resources within Police Scotland to assist in this”.