Progress on the Mens Shed Project

Just a small note from the trustees of the Mens Shed to update the wider community on the project including the community sensory garden, community orchard and provision of allotments which are part of the Mens Shed project.

The volunteers have made a significant improvement to the old academy technical building and the grounds. For those who have not been able to visit the site, we now have an electricity supply, the allotments have been ploughed, the orchard has been made up with topsoil and the garden area laid out with a hardcore base. Our application for water has finally been approved by Business Stream and we now await Scottish Water. Our inventory of equipment is growing, with the only identified need being an industrial bandsaw. Only the single phase electrical equipment is currently usable but the three phase equipment is being serviced and will be connected in the New Year.
Our planning permission has been approved and approval of our Building warrant application is expected imminently. We expect sewerage connections to be made the first week of January. While progress may have been slower than many would like, we do have to follow legislation and work within the resources available to us.

We have also been very well supported by the local population and local businesses. The Alford Charity Ball made a donation for the Sensory Garden at the beginning of this year. Local farmers, construction companies and Contractors have been very supportive. Donside Community Council has supported the project both administratively and financially. We have recently been awarded £2000.00 by the Marr Area Committee to assist with the water and sewerage services. Thank you to our local Councillors and Marr employees. We have had tools sales at two local events and received a donation from the organisers of the KT Bike Run. We have also received a very generous donation from our local celebrity, Emeli Sandé. Thank you to all of those who have been so helpful.

Applications for funds continue to be made and we have recently submitted two bids, one of which is for a 6 figure sum. Our work in 2019 will be to strive to gain the resources needed to deliver our community project.

Regretfully, we are not in a position to open formally until we are in possession of a Building Warrant. Recent discussions between ourselves, our architectural agent and Building Control has been very helpful and we will be working towards receipt of a Phase 1 Building Warrant in the New Year.