FROM THE EVENING EXPRESS 21/08/2015
Police have confirmed they are investigating the blaze which took hold of the former community cafe, Tarts and Crafts, on Eigie Road, Balmedie, last night.
Four fire engines from Aberdeen and Ellon raced to the scene after the alarm was raised at 11.15pm. It took 19 firefighters to extinguish the blaze and the incident was over by 12.20am.
The fire has burned away the majority of the roof and left the building badly damaged. Last night’s blaze was the second within a month at the old cafe premises – fire crews were also called to the Eigie Road site behind Balmedie Library on July 23.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “We had four units at the scene, the call came in around 11.15pm.
“We sent two from Aberdeen Central, one from North Anderson Drive and one from Ellon. In total 19 firefighters were on the scene, but no specialist equipment was needed.
Police Scotland also attended the incident to support their fire colleagues. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We were made aware of the fire by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. It’s going to be looked into. The fire could have been caused by any number things. Currently there is no indication that a joint investigation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will take place at this time, but this is speculative and could change.”
Tarts and Crafts, a community cafe and craft gallery staffed by volunteers, closed on July 18 after 11 years in business.
Tarts and Crafts building Eigie Cottage was last night destroyed by fire. Belhelvie Community Trust had started negotiations about the future of the building. We do not know yet the cause of the fire. Very very sad that this has happened in our community.
The incident is believed to have happened between 9:15pm and 9:45pm on Thursday 23 July at the property formerly known as Tarts and Crafts in the Eigie Road area.
As a result of the incident, an estimated low four figure sum of damage was caused.
PC Lauren Tate, who is investigating the crime, said: “This incident happened late on in the evening and we’re appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or has any information to come forward.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.
Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
You are invited.
The nearest meeting to Belhelvie will be Monday 14th September at Ellon Academy…6.45pm to 9pm
Sent to BCT by Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Please encourage anyone interested in the community to attend. You do not have to be a member of this or any group to go, just interested in the future of health and social care in our area,
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s First Strategic Plan – Have We Got It Right? With the introduction of the Public Bodies (joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian have been working together to set up a new partnership to integrate health and social care services in Aberdeenshire.
Its aim is to provide a seamless response to everyone who uses the service; and to strengthen partnerships with our communities and third sector colleagues to support Aberdeenshire citizens to be happier, healthier and to live independently for as long as possible.
Earlier this year a range of meetings and events were held to ask local organisations and the public what should be contained in this new partnership’s strategic plan. A draft Strategic Plan has now been produced setting out priorities for the new partnership. In September, 12 community events are being hosted to share the draft plan with communities to ask if we have got the priorities right.
I hope that many local residents and community representatives will attend these meetings to shape and refine the plan.
The draft strategic plan will be available from the 17 August on the Health and Social Care Integration pages of NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire council websites. I really want to hear from as many local people as possible, please come along to one of the events. The included flyer provides all the information about the 12 events and how to book a place. I look forward to meeting you in September.
Chief Officer Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Community Event Flyer.docx