>> 27 May 2013
Questions were raised today over the future of the Energetica Project following the comments of Cllr Alan Buchan, Vice-Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee and member of the ruling ‘Aberdeenshire Alliance’.
Cllr Buchan’s outburst has prompted questions on the future of the Energetica Project and calls for him to go public with evidence to back up his claims about the “plundering” of community funds.
Commenting on the extraordinary claims, Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stuart Pratt said:
“It is very concerning that the Vice-Chairman of Aberdeenshire’s Infrastructure Services Committee – which is responsible for economic development – should come forward and say this now.
I think there needs to be urgent clarification from the council as to what is the truth. If it is, then serious questions need to be asked. If it’s not, then I’m at a loss as to why the Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure Committee would make something up like this and the ruling Administration needs to consider his position.”
Commenting on the claims that community funds and assets had been “plundered”, Cllr Pratt continued:
“It’s a serious allegation being made by someone who is part of the ruling administration of Aberdeenshire Council.
“It’s not the first time Cllr Buchan has made such allegations and it’s time for the ruling Aberdeenshire Alliance to back these claims or dismiss them as the ravings of someone still sore at being booted off the Harbour Board years ago.”