Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Community bid to “take over” abandoned Stonehaven court building

Stonehaven Sheriff Court
Stonehaven Sheriff Court

An abandoned courthouse which was closed amid government cuts could be taken over by the community.

Stonehaven Sheriff Court, a Grade II listed building, has lain empty since the last case was heard there in May.

It had been due to go on the open market in the summer, with a hotel or luxury flats considered the most likely for redeveloping the imposing Victorian structure.

However, Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) has now been given until January to come up with its own proposals for the building.

David Fleming, secretary of the group, said: “We have been given some time by the court service to look at some options.

“The danger is that it will just lie derelict. I just refuse to let things go to wrack and ruin.

“As I understand it, the building is not very suitable for housing or a hotel, which are the two most obvious options.

“We are just trying to think out of the box and I think there is an appetite not to let it just rot.”

Mr Fleming said it was too early to go into detail about the proposals discussed by STP members, but added there was a need for tourist accommodation in the town.

He said: “I know that in Huntly a building has been turned into a bunkhouse. Something like that could work in Stonehaven.

“Another possibility could be to shift around some of the buildings we have in Stonehaven. The court building could very easily become a municipal building.”

Stonehaven Sheriff Court was one of 11 which were closed as part of a nationwide review.

The courts at Dornoch and Dingwall were also axed as part of the shake-up.

The sale of the Victorian properties is expected to raise millions.

A spokeswoman for the court service said: “Since court business was relocated from Stonehaven Sheriff Court in May, the Scottish Court Service has been happy to allow the local community the opportunity to put forward a proposal for the building and are currently awaiting their response.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in