Feedback gathered at consultation event will help to shape planning permission application
A second set of plans for a crematorium in Aberdeenshire have gone on public display.
The multimillion-pound centre is earmarked for a 14-acre plot of land between Longside and Stuartfield, near Mintlaw.
The proposals have been revealed after local councillors backed a similar £3million scheme at Crimond just before Christmas.
Architects behind the Mintlaw project, on land owned by central Buchan councillor Albert Howie, are hosting a series of public meetings over the coming weeks.
A two-hour consultation event was held at Mintlaw Public Hall on Saturday.
Sir Albert McQuarrie, development consultant and former Banff and Buchan MP, said feedback would be used as part of an application for planning permission which is expected to be lodged with the local authority at a later date
“They (the public) can also make suggestions and if they are worthy of consideration the architects can possibly incorporate these ideas into their plans,” he added.
Peterhead funeral director Robert Mackie is behind the Mintlaw scheme. He said: “I feel that the land which has been proposed for the development is more in-keeping with the Buchan area and is in a more dignified and tranquil spot.”
The next meeting will be held at Mintlaw Public Hall on Saturday from 10.30am.
A final consultation event will take place on Monday, January 24, at 7pm at Stuartfield Public Hall.
The Crimond proposal, being steered by a local business consortium, was first revealed a year ago. A final decision on that project now rests with Aberdeenshire Council officers and is expected in the coming weeks.
A crematorium in north Aberdeenshire could significantly ease pressure on existing facilities at Aberdeen, Buckie and Arbroath, it has been claimed.
Developers say the lack of facilities in Aberdeenshire means 70% of families opt for burial rather than cremation.