Our original objective was to achieve the re-instatement of the Park Bridge but it became clear that a wider range of objectives was called for: an alternative vision for the area. We call this initiative “Park Bridge & Kincluny Vision 2054” as we look out towards the 200th anniversary of the bridge.
Our objectives can be summarised as follows:-
The re-instatement of the Park Bridge for use by vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and the securing of 10 years planned maintenance programme;
The development and promotion of the concept of the Park Bridge and Keith’s Tower as heritage assets in consultation with Historic Environment Scotland;
The re-development of the quarry site as a community heritage centre – the Park Bridge & Kincluny Heritage Centre – in consultation with Scottish Natural Heritage, celebrating the Dee Valley Special Landscape Area and the River Dee Area of Special Conservation; and
The promotion of the Park Bridge & Kincluny Heritage Centre as a gateway to Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park and drawing economic benefits to the wider community in accordance with Visit Scotland’s “Visitor Economy” strategy and vision, and the combined Opportunity North East and VisitAberdeenshire drive to support the initiative to successful implementation of the Destination Aber- deen and Aberdeenshire Tourism Strategy 2018-2023; and
The lateral promotion of other community ventures which provide other economic benefits to the community including Mains of Drum Garden Centre, the Deeside Railway Centre at Milton of Crathes, the proposed Gravitate North East Outdoor Adventure Park project, the proposed Bogenraith Equestrian Centre, Peterculter Golf Course, Raemoir House Hotel, Maryculter House Hotel, The Den and The Glen, and the National Trust for Scotland castles at Drum and Crathes.
The Park Bridge Action Group will consider and implement a range of options of policy and legal solutions
The development of a Local Place Plan for the area which meets the approval of the community to steer the Aberdeenshire local development plan 2021;
The co-ordination of effective professional opposition to planning permission applications which are inconsistent with the community’s local place plan and the local authority’s development plan;
The registration of community interests which give community interest companies the right to buy land and buildings
The development of feasibility studies and business plans for the key elements of the vision;
The co-ordination of fund-raising efforts; and The implementation of community asset transfers.