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Issue 20 - Feb 2011


swri Birkhall

Braemar SWRI ladies were invited to a reception at Birkhall - read all about it on page 6....



Is the Braemar snow gate open…?

           If you have often found yourself frustrated at the lack of up-to-date information on the snow gates being open, you will be glad to know a solution is on its way!  The following email was received from the Aberdeenshire Council Planning Gain Manager in Banchory:

"I read in yesterday's P&J about the desire for a web cam at the snow gate in Braemar. This is a project I would have no difficulty in supporting and if needs be could contribute immediately so that the camera could be put in place for the remainder of this season.  Anything that keeps trade and visitors coming to Braemar and the slopes can only be of benefit to all."

The long term aim is that there should be cameras each side of Glenshee, the Lecht and the Bridge of Brown all of which could be viewed on the Cairngorms Business Partnership web page www.visitcairngorms.com - of great benefit to tourists and locals alike.


The snow this winter has also created concerns over Aberdeenshire Council’s policy on road gritting. 

At January’s Community Council meeting it was noted that on the 17th January a gritter appeared to be driving around the village but not dispensing any grit!   On other occasions there seems to have been a total absence of snow ploughs meaning that the A93 has been closed prematurely by the police, causing a loss of business to Glenshee Ski Centre and inconvenience to travellers.  

Aberdeenshire Council claims that gritters are always turned out at the request of the police unless they have recently been, or are already deployed to the area.

If your experience is different please let any Community Councillor know.  On a positive note it was pointed out at the meeting that on other occasions our pavements were well looked after compared to other villages.

INSIDE:  Page 2   Editorial; Community Update   Page 3  Focus on Castleton Dancers; Braemar Book Club  Page 4  Question Time; Braemar Walking Group; Pitlochry Festival Theatre Club   Page 5  Snowflakes; Deer Control; New Groups   Page 6  Braemar Scouts; Braemar SWRI   Page 7  Junior Buzzard