Support for new Crathes Hall plan

Crathes Hall, near Banchory
Crathes Hall, near Banchory

Trustees are to press ahead with plans for a new Crathes Hall.

It follows a two-day public consultation over the future of the building, which is nearly 100 years old.

A £20,000 feasibility study into the project was funded by South Aberdeenshire Local Action Group through the LEADER programme.

The hall’s board of trustees wanted feedback on whether people would prefer to see a new hall or, alternatively, the renovation of the existing building.

Costs for a refurbishment are £550,000 and £750,00 for a new build.

The study involved hiring an architect who produced plans on both options and a quantity surveyor, who drew up costs.

These went on display in the hall at the consultation events at the end of last month.

Around 50 people attended the two events and trustees have now sifted through verbal and written comments on the options.

Moira Hamilton, convener of the trustees’ board, told the Piper: “The board met on Thursday, July 5, to consider all the comments and unanimously decided on the new hall option.

“The next stage will be to refine the plans and apply for planning and building warrant approval.

“Then the challenge will be for the board to raise the funds needed to build a brand new hall, which will meet the needs of the local community for many years in the future.”