Braemar Community Council
Braemar Community Council is an elected body to serve the views of the community and is your link to Aberdeenshire Council.
The councillors are as follows; Carole Patterson (Chairperson), Selena Hill (Vice Chairperson), Alasdair Colquhoun (Treasurer), Joanne Morris (Secretary), John Torrance, Sue Sherrard, and Caroline Hadley-Smith. The meetings are also attended by Aberdeenshire Councillors; Councillor Geva Blackett and Councillor Katrina Farquhar. Councillor Farquhar is also a board member of the Cairngorms National Park. PC Jeff Hall also attends the meetings.
Any member of the public who wishes to raise a matter at the meeting should please submit this in writing prior to the meeting. At the meeting they may then be asked to talk on the subject.
The revised Community Action Plan (CAP) is available to view here
Braemar Community Limited
Braemar Community Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity. It was formed in 2004 to undertake the development and operation of major local projects that would benefit the community. Projects underway or completed include the development and operation of Braemar Castle as a visitor attraction, the building of two footbridges, the restoration of Auchtavan crofting settlement and the development of a hydro power scheme at Corriemulzie.
All residents of the community are encouraged to join the Company. Membership is free and the form for joining can be downloaded here. All members receive a free entry to Braemar Castle.
The board of directors comprise of Simon Blackett, David Chandler, Alastair Hubbard, Glenn Perkins, Rhi Turner, Sue Harper and Doreen Wood.
Braemar Outdoor Group
Under the umbrella of Braemar Community Ltd (BCL) Braemar Outdoor Group (BOG) was set up in 2015, initially to review the suggestions made in the Visitor Management Plan relating to the outdoor environment. Its’ principal aim is to maintain and enhance outdoor activities and access in the vicinity of Braemar through coordination with local estates, community groups, local businesses and public bodies.
The scope covers 4 main areas:
1. Path network: maintain, improve, extend
2. Cycle network: trails and facilities
3. Visitor Information: accurate signage, maps, leaflets, interpretative boards
4. Associated outdoor activities and facilities
It’s remit is wide but initial projects include: a path audit, setting up a reporting mechanism for path maintenance issues to achieve vital repair work, looking at the viability of reinstating the tennis courts in Braemar, repairing and improving footpath signage, improved local maps and literature for walkers and cyclists. “
The Braemar Outdoor Group are currently auditing the local footpath network to highlight maintenance issues. We know that many of you regularly walk the local paths and we could do with your help in reporting any damage and erosion to paths, bridges or fences.
If you come across any such issues it would be very helpful if you could take a photograph of the problem and send it, together with a brief description of the location, to firstname.lastname@example.org. A grid reference would be useful but is not absolutely necessary.
Web links to community organisations, societies, clubs etc.
Braemar Buzzard – newsletter published every quarter.
Braemar Walkers link to blog here