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Cafe survey needs Udny community feedback


By Kirsty Brown

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The communities of Udny and Pitmedden are being encouraged to have their say on the future of a highly requested community asset.

Udny Community Trust purchased the former Linsmohr Hotel building in Pitmedden earlier this year to adapt for community use.

While many plans have had to be put on the backburner as a result of Covid-19, the group have decided this is the perfect opportunity to carry out more research into how the community would like to see the space utilised.

Previous consultation showed that a community cafe was a popular option, and as such Udny Community Trust are now trying to gather as much information as possible from those who live in the area so that they can start work on making this a reality as soon as conditions allow.

To help with this they have created a survey, which can be accessed online at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3DXKFFN.

This survey relates solely to the creation of a community cafe, and further discussions on how to use the space are expected to take place in the future.

Udny Community Trust are consulting the community as they look forward to getting stuck in to their new building.
Udny Community Trust are consulting the community as they look forward to getting stuck in to their new building.

Writing to the community, Udny Community Trust said: "As many of you will know the Udny Community Trust recently bought the vacant Hotel in Pitmedden.

"Unfortunately, the day we got the keys, the whole of the UK was put into lockdown to try and combat Covid-19 and here we all remain.

"Maybe some of you are wondering why we made the purchase in the first place?

"Basically, we were following your instruction.

"In our application [for funding] we were required to demonstrate that we had thought through ideas for the use of the building.

"One of those ideas was to create a community café.

"Along with moving our office into the new building, this will be our priority as soon as we can get safely back into operation.

"There are lots of ideas for the use of the rest of the building, but they are a little further down the road.

"We can look forward to lots more discussion and ideas from the community before any definite plans get underway.

"The Café 48 name was chosen because the type of Turbine we have is the Enercon E48 and we thought it an appropriate theme for the new café.

"Before we take the Café 48 plans further, we want to know what you would like to see and what kind of demand there might be.

"We understand that it might be a little difficult to imagine sitting down in Café 48 with friends right now.

"We all hope that some kind of normality will resume soon, and we can at least plan for that day."

For more communication on Udny Community Trust and the community hub project you can visit: https://udnycommunitytrust.org.uk.



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