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Royal Deeside :
The Deeside and Donside Development Project
2 - some work to date

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The Deeside and Donside Development Project part 2

Upper Deeside and Upper Donside together form west Aberdeenshire and the easter part of the Cairngorms National Park. Because the main A9 provides easy access to the western side of the park, the eastern side is much less developed. Here the centres of population are smaller and further apart. Nonetheless it contains some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland and central to the area is the Royal castle of Balmoral.

The Deeside and Donside Development project (DDDP) was established to assist communities develop enterprises which are both viable and sustainable. On this page we provide information about some of the woek done so far.

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Some of the problems which the Deeside-Donside Development Project has tackled in its first few months...

Broadband Issues
The project has submitted four applications to the Cairngorms Leader Local Action Group (LAG) for inclusion in a strategic bid to the Scottish Government. The first phase applications were successful and now await approval by the Scottish Government.
Broadband is taken for granted in the larger towns and cities in Scotland but in many rural locations there is only a poor or in some cases non-existent service.

Broadband relay, Donside
This project has identified the areas where broadband is needed and built the case to put to the Scottish Government for funding assistance.

Childcare Facilities
Please contact DDDP to discuss childcare provision in your area. A number of initiatives in Grampian can be tapped into to provide support in your area.

Braemar Community Limited
The project has assisted Braemar Community Limited to secure funding for a business plan and community consultation exercise which will realise Braemar Castle as a sustainable visitors attraction, benefitting the local business and the community

Braemar Castle, Royal Deeside, Scotland
Braemar Castle : the only community-run castle in Scotland open to visitors

Dalmochie Project
The project has assisted the Ballater Historic Forestry Project association prepare applications for funding the Dalmochie feasibility study. This study will outline the options available for the site and how it could be managed as a benefit to visitors and community alike.

Dalmochie Forest Camp, Ballater
The remains of one of the huts at the World War 2 Newfoundlanders' Logging Camp at Dalmochie by Ballater

Other groups the project is engaged with include:
Ballater Housing Partnership
Ballater Old School project
Victoria and Albert Halls Improvement group

Ballater and Crathie Community Council
Braemar Community Council
Donside Community Council
Ballater One Voice Our Future

Fund or Grant Finder
Please let DDDP know if you wish to search grant or fund opportunities. It can link you up with CVS to get a complete free search of all eligible funding streams for your project

Please let me know if you are interested in a thermal imaging survey of your house or building.

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