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Collieston project receives £22k funding award


By Kyle Ritchie

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A project to develop an area of Collieston has been awarded more than £22,000.

Collieston Community Development Group is looking to turn The Rivie into a recreational space for residents and visitors to enjoy.

The work would see it turned into an attractive outdoor area for all ages and abilities, which would include wheelchair accessible paths as well as picnic and seating areas created.

The group has been awarded £22,410 by the SUEZ Communities Trust through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

Collieston Community Development Group is looking to develop The Rivie into a recreational space.
Collieston Community Development Group is looking to develop The Rivie into a recreational space.

The group has outlined that The Rivie is the headland between Collieston Harbour and Cransdale, and owned by the village.

The land was bought from Slains Estate some years ago, with the aim of building a new village hall on the site, but a funding application was unsuccessful.

Formerly managed by Collieston and Slains Community Trust, a new group was established in 2018 to direct the Rivie’s future development.

Collieston Community Development Group is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation whose purpose is to develop the Rivie as a sustainable, recreational space for the local and wider community to enjoy.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has congratulated the group with a motion to the Scottish Parliament.

Ms Martin said: “I am thrilled for the Collieston Community Development Centre to have received this funding.

“Making the area usable for the local community – particularly an outside space – is now more than important than ever.

“I would like to congratulate the group on their success and I look forward to visiting when the work is complete.”

The SUEZ Communities Trust is an independent, not-for-profit funding organisation which aims to make lasting improvements to community life and the natural environment.

The trust is a registered environmental body through the Landfill Communities Fund and an approved body through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

SUEZ Communities Trust distributes funds contributed by SUEZ recycling and recovery UK.

The trust’s funding programmes are designed to improve a broad range of publicly accessible amenities which benefit a wide cross section of the community.

Whether improving a local play area or a nationally significant historic building, each project has the potential to transform the community in which it is based.

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