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Case Study Fetternear Community Car Park In May 2009 Fetternear Estate applied for approval to create a new parking facility for use by the local community in Kemnay and the numerous groups who come to walk through the estate and to see the exceptional displays of wild flowers at various times of the year. Finally, the project has come to fruition.

Owner David Fyffe said: “We estimate that well over 6,000 visitors walk through the estate each year as well as many, local dog-walkers, cyclists and a number of horse and pony riders. We are delighted that the estate can provide a safe and beautiful setting for recreation by so many people including the many families and older people who use it on a regular basis. We warmly welcome these visitors. Growing access numbers does bring with it challenges of various types, however, and by far the most important of these, is to have an easily accessed car park where people can leave their cars, particularly when they are coming from outside the local area.”

As the village of Kemnay has grown, it was recognised that a lack of parking was a concern and there was no obvious location for where a new facility could be created at the north-west end of the village. For a number of years, the small area of wooded, rough ground between the Kemnay road bridge and the entrance to Fetternear Estate had been untidy at best and a real eye-sore at times with litter and rubbish dumped there or blown there by the prevailing wind. The new parking facility, which cost a little over £10,000 to create, was officially opened by Provost Vernal in late July, and has delivered up to 15 parking spaces in a well-drained, safe location just north of the Kemnay Bridge and right at the entrance to Fetternear Estate.

David Fyffe added: “In these tough, economic times it is very satisfying to develop such a useful facility for the local community and we are indebted to Aberdeenshire Council for their financial support, without which this project could not have been realised. Estates such as Fetternear and many others across the North East are keen to work with the local authority to deliver community benefits of this kind, which enhance the quality of life for everybody.”

Provost Hamish Vernal commented: “I was delighted to be asked to open this new facility. It’s fantastic to see such a good example of an estate working with the local authority to help improve the community facilities, and to encourage more people to visit the countryside.”
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