A community hub in Aboyne’s old station?

Community hub: Numerous possibilities for the old station
Community hub: Numerous possibilities for the old station

The question of whether a community hub will go into Aboyne’s old station is the question that will be posed to residents this Saturday.

Numerous suggestions have already been put forward, including a community cafe and bakery, a community radio service and a volunteer hub, as well as many more.

But organisers want residents of the area to come forward and give their opinions.

Duncan Robson, local architect and business man, said: “We have a real and exciting opportunity for the community to work together and bring the centre of the village back to life.

“This is the only remaining original station on Deeside and we have uncovered evidence that many of the old features can be restored.”

Councillor Geva Blackett said: “Aboyne is so important to the satellite communities in Deeside - it’s home to the academy and the local hospital, as well as having so much to offer residents around the area, I hope everyone – old and young – comes and contributes their ideas to what could be a very important project to the area.”

Jessica Mcintosh, a pupil at Aboyne Academy, said “Many of us would really like a café where we can go out of school hours, sit comfortably and chat to each other. This is our chance for the young people in the area to have a real say in a project that could make a big difference to our lives here.”

The awareness day starts at 10am, in the building of the Old station.