Those who attend the Community Council meetings or read the minutes will now be familiar with the Commander’s Bulletin, the weekly update by Police Scotland on area issues and incidents that have been reported or observed. While a welcome development, there is no substitute for in-person Police attendance at Community Council meetings where local issues, concerns and views can be expressed and discussed so we were very pleased Sgt Anton attended one of our recent meetings. Long may this continue as thorny topics such as parking in the Square are best discussed and resolved face to face.
Abernethy could become the green capital of Perthshire with the Jamesfield wind turbine being granted approval, four turbines under consideration at the Binn Eco Park and now the possibility of a large scale solar panel development at an as yet unidentified site on the outside of the village. In some cases a sweetener is offered in the shape of a Community Benefit Fund for the visual impact of these schemes and also the inevitable disruption during the construction phase. Community Council members are representing Abernethy’s interests in all these developments, in the fullness of time when these schemes are operational, local clubs will be consulted about how the funds might be distributed.
Finally, some will have seen the brief appearance of the village Christmas tree outside the school, brief as a combination of strong winds and a poor emplacement meant the tree was only up three days before it came crashing down. There needs to be some consultation before next Christmas about how we resolve the em- placement issues in the school grounds or whether there is an alternative site for the tree.