§ 116. Mr. Thornton-Kemsley
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is aware that after several reminders his Department replied on 24th November, 1949, to an application from the Kincardine County Council, dated 29th April, that they be allowed to acquire 35 acres of ground in Ury Park, Stone-haven, for use as school playing fields, following which a meeting of representatives of the town and county councils and of the Departments concerned was convened, the minutes of which were forwarded to his Department on 23rd February, 1950, with a request that this application should be treated 204W as a matter of urgency; that no reply has been received; and whether he will hasten a decision since there are now no playing field facilities at all for Stonehaven schools.
This has been a complicated case involving the proposed acquisition of 35 acres of ground by the education authority for playing fields and of 28 acres by Stonehaven Town Council for municipal playing fields. These large demands impinged heavily on agricultural interests. Examination of the case is complete, and a letter conveying my decision was sent to the education authority yesterday.