>> 26 April 2013
Buchan Area councillors debated proposals by Aberdeenshire Council to establish a halting site for travellers at a meeting of the Area Committee yesterday.
Councillors from all parties and all local Wards expressed reservations about the process being followed by the local authority. Concerns were expressed about the proposal not being within an area marked for development in the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan, and the fact that councillors were being asked to comment on the proposal before the views of local people had been gathered at a public meeting in Old Deer next month.
Central Buchan SNP councillor Jim Ingram commented:
“The Committee should defer making any comment until after that has taken place so it can be fully informed of local opinion on the issue.”
Councillor Lenny Pirie (SNP-Central Buchan) questioned the status of Aikey Brae in the Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan. He said: