On the 18th of May, it was announced that the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) have transferred Stonehaven courthouse to the Stonehaven Town Partnership (STP) for a nominal sum.
Stonehaven courthouse ceased to be a Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court in 2014 and has remained unused since.
The successful transfer comes after the STP was able to demonstrate financial viability and benefit to the community of its plans. Key to the transfer was the sustainability of the STP plans.
Richard Maconachie, Chief Finance Officer for the SCTS said: “We are delighted to be able to hand over this important and historic building to the Partnership which will enable it to remain a vital community centred asset to Stonehaven.”
James Douglas from the Stonehaven Trust Partnership said: “Stonehaven Town Partnership is a charitable organisation that was established to promote and encourage voluntary activity within the local community of Stonehaven, and we are very happy to have acquired the court building.”
When speaking about plans for the building, James said: “It is proposed to retain the courtroom in its original form as a heritage room. The building will be available for hire to groups for meetings, school debating societies and possibly TV companies for programming.”