PLEASE SHARE: Next Tuesday at Marr Area Committee we have a paper on dog fouling - specifically in school grounds, council playparks, sport pitches, cemeteries and beaches. I KNOW dog poo is a disgrace wherever it isnt picked up by the dog's owner but this paper is a START to actually get something done. The paper (which can be viewed at committees.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/committees.aspx?commid=10&meetid=18991) under item 10 gives us 6 Options. I know which I prefer but I want to know what YOU think so I am going to list the options below and ask you to respond please by giving the option number and why you chose that option.
Option 1: Target problem areas as and when issues arise. This can include erection of signs as per Appendix 1, local publicity campaign, stepping up patrols by the Dog Wardens who would also use enforcement powers if necessary.
Option 2: Install signage, as per Appendix 1, at all locations i.e. council playparks, council sports pitches, burial grounds/cemeteries, school grounds, Recognised Beaches. These works would be carried out over an agreed period of time, estimated to be 18 months.
Option 3: Option 2 plus provision of fencing (and potentially other works) to segregate playparks or other sensitive areas from surrounding land. These works would be carried out over an agreed period, estimated to be 24 months.
Option 4: As per Option 2, but with a change of wording to “Dogs must be kept on a lead in this area at all times”. These works would be carried out over an agreed period, estimated to be 18 months.
Option 5: Ban dogs from all sites listed in 2.5 above or selected/specified sites. This would necessitate undertaking works as described in Option 3 and require byelaws to be in place and enforced by council staff. Wording of signs would need to be agreed. These works would be carried out over an agreed period, estimated to be 24 months.
Option 6: Continue with current arrangements, i.e. ad hoc erection of signs where problems are identified.
Thanks for this post Peter, glad you all enjoyed your day. You were clearly paying attention, with all those facts and figures at your fingertips. We enjoyed your visit too, thanks for joining us and spreading the word about the important role that Bees play in our environment
Peter Chapman MSP Yesterday I attended a great visit to Tarland Bee Groupwho showed us their work in bee conservation supporting the national #Savethebees campaign.
We heard of the positive effect bees can have on farmers crops across Scotland.
The Bee Keepers will moving to a new site soon which will have lots of opportunities for people to get involved. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday morning in the Hall. The Tarland Tapestry group are holding a coffee morning in aid of Hall funds (which need all the help that they can get) Come along and see the Tapestry progress and enjoy coffee (and tea) and home bakes. ... See MoreSee Less
Well the sun is trying very hard to come out this morning so why not pop along to Angies Cafe in Tarland and get 10% off all day on a Tuesday with your young@heart deeside members card ... See MoreSee Less
SCAM ALERT - Took a call purporting to be from BT today saying that they were about to terminate our internet line. You are asked to press 1 or 2 to connect, and they put you through to a sub-continent call centre who say they are BT technical department. THIS IS A SCAM - HANG UP. ... See MoreSee Less
Cromar & District Horticultural and Industrial Society Annual Show
Tarland held its perennial Annual Show on Saturday 11th, when the gardening, handicraft and cookery skills of the surrounding area were put on display. The Show was officially opened by our President, Marcus Humphrey, and we were delighted that John Young, Balmoral, who has judged for many years, returned to present the trophies. Despite the challenges of a hot, dry summer, the high standard of entries was praised by judges and visitors to the MacRobert Hall. In the horticultural section, the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Banksian Medal was won by George Baikie of Aboyne. Trophies were also won by: Alex Melvin, Lumphanan; The MacRobert Trust, Tarland; Tarland Community Garden; Marcus Humphrey, Aboyne; Edna Robertson, Tarland; Doug Bruce, Tarland; Liz Cooper, Tarland; Andy Davidson, Torphins; Aileen Paterson, Aboyne; Graeme Rose, Torphins; Karan Adams, Aboyne. Chris Anderson, Logie Coldstone, won ‘Best in Show’ for his suberb exhibit of onions. Furthermore, a special mention has to go to 13-year-old Hannah Ewen who exhibited an excellent variety of fruit and vegetables and was joint winner of the Marcus Humphrey Silver Cup for most points in the amateur vegetable classes. Beautiful local gardens were also judged and trophy winners were: Alex Melvin, Lumphanan; Pauline Adam, Tarland; George Cumming, Alford. Other gardens were highly commended: Robert Gibb, Tarland; Day Campbell, Aboyne; Chris Anderson, Logie Coldstone; Graham Gibb, Coull. As always, the Industrial section demonstrated the skill and inventiveness of local people in crafts, sewing, knitting and cookery. The ‘Best in Show’ in this section went to Isla Black of Tarland and there was also success for Jess Gibb, Tarland, who not only won the trophy for most points in knitting, sewing and crafts but also the Moira Anderson trophy for best exhibit in knitting. Other trophy winners were: Mary McCombie, Dinnet, and Louisa and George Low, Aberdeen. Once again, Caroline Humphrey-Adam won the public vote for her fabulous ‘Birthday Cake for a Gardener’. The enthusiasm and imagination of local children was evident in the children’s section. The ‘Best Children’s Exhibit’ went to Arthur Davidson-Kelly, Tarland, for his detailed miniature garden in a tin. Kelsey Chapman, Daviot, excelled in various areas of the children’s section, winning cups for most points in (Primary 5-7) crafts in addition to Primary School horticulture and cooking. Iona Kellas, Dinnet, was the most successful Secondary aged competitor, winning three trophies. Tarland’s Hannah Ewen showed that her skills were not just in horticulture, as she was joint winner of the Secondary School cooking, together with Imogen Hilleary. Shannon Black, Tarland, won the ‘Krafty Neuk’ special prize in the 16-21 years section. Finally, the committee would like to thank all the volunteers and judges who willingly give up their time to make the Show such a success every year. We would also like to thank those who generously donated prizes to the raffle and sponsorship: The Krafty Neuk, Douneside House, The Commercial Hotel and Angie’s Café, all Tarland. Furthermore, thanks to our patrons for their valuable support: Marcus and Sabrina Humphrey, Aboyne, The MacRobert Trust, Tarland, David Starritt, Tarland, and Anthony de Winton, Tarland. We hope that everyone, exhibitors and visitors, enjoyed their day and we look forward to seeing you next year! ... See MoreSee Less
HELP!!!! We used to have five (at least) spare keys for the Hall. Now there is one. If you have a key which is not being used on a regular basis PLEASE return it to the Tarland Premier Convenience store. ... See MoreSee Less
Before heading to the Show Bar on Saturday, perhaps a little run up the hill? The Hill Race begins at 3pm, register on the day outside the Douneside offices from 1:30pm. All the show details are on the website www.tarland.org.uk/tarland-show/... See MoreSee Less
Our Local Show, go on, give it a go!! Cromar and District Horticultural and Industrial Society Open Show 2018 The show will be held in the MacRobert Memorial Hall, Tarland on Saturday, 11th August 2018 Open 2pm
As it has been a great year for the bees and honey production we are expecting lots and lots of exhibits from Tarland Bee Group for our local show! Give it a go, it's fun and so good for everyone to see what the group members and their bees have managed to produce. A link to the full schedule giving details of entry requirements below. Enter honey, honey cake/chocolate /candy puff/ scones/ mead/tablet/ toffee/ fudge........ anything with honey you can consume!! Would love to sample all your good work as well as the bees work. Don't forget candles and wax products too, cosmetics..........the list is endless. Have a go!