Fraserburgh councillor Ian Tait has this month spoken on long-awaited negotiations to resume between Aberdeenshire Council and a landowner near Invercairn’s cemetery.
There had been hopes for an extension to be built at the village cemetery, but it is understood that talks between the local authority and the landowner had stalled.
This month, Councillor Tait contacted us about the plans and said: “An extension to the cemetery is needed but negotiations between the council and the local landowner had stalled. I contacted the landowner and as a result, negotiations were re-started and an agreement was reached for the council to buy the land needed for the extension subject to all necessary permissions being obtained.
“Permission for the cemetery extension will be required from SEPA and that is being sought. Boreholes have now been sunk and they show no problems at all.
“It is far better if visitors to the cemetery and for mourners at funerals if the access for cars and the hearse can be provided as part of the cemetery and council officers are looking at doing this. There is a parking area across the road from the cemetery and I know other people tried to get this upgraded for visitors to the cemetery.
“However, they were told that there was no proof of who owned the ground. because the ownership matter had been in doubt, the council would not spend public money to upgrade the area.
“I was told the same thing but I pushed it further and the council officials did eventually establish that the council had indeed bought the ground from the landowner. That it now is clear that the council owns the ground and so council officials agreed to my request to have the area blazed with chuckies.
“However, I am not happy with this and I think the area needs to be re-surfaced with tarmacadam and properly drained. Officers are looking at this now.
“Finally, I had been calling on a constituent in the village and was passing the Invercairn cemetery when I noticed a member of the public standing outside waiting for a bus. There is no shelter nearby. It was cold and raining hard. I decided to contacted the council’s Public transport Unit.
“They have agreed to put up a shelter near the cemetery and this should be done in the next month or two in this financial year,” he added.