STATEMENT BY ABERDEENSHIRE DEMOCRATIC INDEPENDENT AND GREEN COUNCILLORS PAUL JOHNSTON AND MARTIN FORD

“Naturally, we are concerned that Aberdeenshire Council is facing a period of uncertainty following resignations from the Council’s administration. It is not in the interests of residents or the Council to have an administration that does not have enough support in the council chamber to take decisions. We have previously made very clear our desire for changes to Council policy in key areas and for better governance.
“We can confirm we have been approached to see whether we can agree a way forward with other parties that would provide the Council with a stable and effective administration. The Council needs that. We have agreed to discuss how that might be achieved.
“We want the Council to be well run and deliver the best possible public services. We believe there are policy changes needed to strengthen the Council’s support for local communities and its actions to protect the environment.

“We would want to support a new administration if it was committed to delivering progress on these priorities.

“We will be making no further comment on our discussions unless or until agreement is reached.”
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