Ken McEwen Public Relations has started work on phase one of a campaign for Gateway Kintore
, a proposed development on the outskirts of the Royal Burgh of Kintore, next to the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road.
The campaign came about following strong support for the development by the Kintore and District Community Council
. They point out that Kintore – which was the fastest-growing town in Scotland – saw almost 1,000 new houses built between 2000 and 2010. Plans are currently being progressed to build a further 1,000 to 1,2000 homes in the town.
“The last thing Kintore needs in the foreseeable future is more houses,” writes community council chairman Kenny Thomson in a report on the Gateway Kintore
development. “For many residents (myself included) it appears that council policy is to ensure Kintore remains the poor neighbour of Inverurie in terms of new community facilities.”
The Gateway Kintore
development proposes a new supermarket, filling station, hotel, restaurants and offices on a site adjoining the Broomhill roundabout on the A96. The plans also include leisure facilities, a nursery, soft play area and sports pavilion.
Adding to its popularity, Gateway Kintore
proposes a revised roundabout that would retain direct access to Kintore from Aberdeen on the A96. The alternative plan by the authorities is to divert traffic along a new link road, built over prime farmland, to join the B994, from where it would turn back into Kintore.
The problem for Gateway Kintore is that, despite representations, it is not included in the local development plan.
The aim of phase one of the Gateway Kintore
campaign is aimed at raising the profile of the development and demonstrating the community support for the development, at a time that coincides with the local council election.
The campaign includes a mini-site
on the Kintore community website www.kintore.org.uk
and a petition.