Kincardine & Mearns

Here are our candidates for the Kincardine & Mearns area.

North Kincardine

Ian Mollison

I am proud to have represented North Kincardine since 2007. As a Newtonhill resident (since 1974) it has been a privilege. And I want to do more. The biggest decision of the past five years was to support the building of the new town of Chapelton of Elsick, rather than lumping more houses on to Newtonhill, Cammachmore and Portlethen, or a new housing and office development at Banchory Leggart. I have campaigned for the re-opening of Newtonhill station, more trains at Portlethen and a Crossrail service. That campaign must go on.

Paul Melling

I am proud to have represented North Kincardine as your Aberdeenshire councillor for the last nine years and have built up a vast inside knowledge of local government business and want do more.

I hold three chairmanships on Aberdeenshire Council – Kincardine & Mearns Area Committee, Appeals Committee and the Kincardine & Mearns Bus Forum. I also alternate as Chairman of the Kincardine & Mearns Community Council Forum.

I am the current Chairman of the local branch of North Kincardineshire Liberal Democrats.

Beside my constituency work I have been supporting local initiatives such as:- The Portlethen Bourtree Community Project, this includes Cornerstone Social Housing, Befriend a Child, Citizens advice Bureau and a CafĂ©, including a play area for toddlers etc. I have also been working hard to finally establish a permanent recycling centre in Portlethen. Delivered on more Litter/Dog and Grit Bins. The issue regarding a new Primary School at Hillside is at corporate level for a final decision. We have spent almost £600,000 on the refurbished of the two primary schools. I am supporting the parents initiative to provide changing facilities for the junior teams that play on Nicol Park.

I have a number of major priorities locally – AWPR, planning, and schools.

I would ask for your continued support again as your local member to keep a watching brief on these local matters.

Stonehaven & Lower Deeside

Peter Bellarby

I am proud to have represented Stonehaven and Lower Deeside since 2007. I have been chair of the Council’s Scrutiny and Audit Committee since 2008 and am a member of the Local Review Body, which hears appeals against planning application decisions made by council officers.

I have worked assiduously for the good of Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, pressing for work to be done on Bervie Braes and for the new Drumoak Primary School to be completed as soon as possible. I have been chair of Stonehaven Town Partnership and am chair of the Tolbooth Group that has kept the Tolbooth Museum open.

My vision for Stonehaven includes work completed to stabilise Bervie Braes, the new care home in Stonehaven open, a second supermarket in Stonehaven, Stonehaven Town Hall taken over by Stonehaven Town hall Trust, the opening of the refurbished Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park, the long-term future of the Tolbooth Museum secured and better sports and leisure facilities in Stonehaven.

David Fleming

David Fleming has campaigned for many improvements in Stonehaven. He is secretary of Stonehaven Town Partnership and has been chair of Stonehaven and District Community Council for six years. He has been active in the setting up of the Town Hall Trust , re-opening the Tolbooth Museum, and in ensuring the future of Queen Elizabeth Caravan Park. He has worked hard to ensure that the views of the community are influential and help shape what happens in the future.

Now retired, David's career in the IT industry has given him experience of the manufacturing, commercial, voluntary, self-employed and state sectors.

The Community Council and the Town Partnership have had many successful campaigns focussed primarily on improving the environment around the Town, and building up the volunteering capacity of the Town. These efforts have given David a detailed working knowledge of the affairs of the Stonehaven and Lower Deeside ward, of the people that live in it, and the issues they face.


Bill Howatson

I have been Provost of Aberdeenshire since 2007 and a local councillor since 1999. Both have been singular privileges.

I have lived in the St Cyrus area for 25 years and my two daughters were born and brought up in the area and educated at St Cyrus primary school and Mearns Academy.

I came to the North-east in 1984 to work with The Press and Journal where as farming editor until 1996 and thereafter a weekly columnist until 2009. I now write regularly for The Dundee Courier.

Community is at the heart of my political philosophy, and I have worked hard to represent my constituents. Education is another priority. That is why I fought successfully for a much needed new Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk. Work is to begin on the new building this summer and the new academy is scheduled to open in 2014.

I am very proud that I pressed for, and achieved an 840-core school, leading the fight in committee for an increase in numbers This means that the school will have spare capacity built in from the beginning, allowing the new Mearns to expand if necessary. This was one of my proudest days as a councillor.

I fought for, obtained and safeguarded the green waste Saturday collection in St Cyrus against cuts in council spending; obtained new play equipment for younger children and backed the £10,000 youth shelter in the village.

I also actively supported the £375,000 flood prevention measures for Fettercairn which are coming to a completion.

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