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FORMARTINE AREA COMMITTEE – FIRST MEETING OF NEW COUNCIL TERM 13 JUNE 2017

Aberdeenshire is divided into six area committees. The newly elected council of May 2017 will hold its first Formartine Area Committee on June 13 at the Kirk Centre in Ellon starting at 9:45 AM. This committee covers the wards of Ellon, Turriff and mid Formartine.

” This first meeting will decide the political with a small P, direction for councillors that serve on the area committee.” said Councillor Paul Johnston.  ” Area committees determine local spending and priorities as well as determine all local planning application as that are referred to councillors for determination. There is also grants and other funding that the area committee is involved with.”

These meetings are open to the public and you are welcome to attend.  Please click on the links to access relevant information.

Formartine Area Committee (Click for documents)


HOUSEHOLD WASTE SITE AT ELLON FOR MID FORMARTINE RESIDENTS – 9 JUNE 2017

The new HWRC (Household waste recycling centre is opening in Ellon. It is gradually being increased in ability to take materials. There should be a re-use container added and operational shortly. This allows you to deposit items that may be reused by charities who collect from the Council site.

Aberdeenshire Council have issued this press statement.

 

 


OLDMELDRUM FUTURE VISIONS EVENT WAS BUZZING WITH IDEAS AND COMMENTS

The Oldmeldrum Future Visions event this morning (27th May 2017) was busy with Meldrum folk giving their reaction to feedback from the Community survey.

“The Legion Hall in the town had a buzz about it as people enthusiastically contributed their views and choices to the Oldmeldrum Visions team led by Meldrum and Bourtie Community Council.” said local Aberdeenshire Councillor Paul Johnston.

“I was here for the full duration of the event as it was chock full of ideas and comments. The Community Council and the local Community Planning Partnership should be complimented on a well organised and effective event”

The Future Visions event has gathered more information and reactions to the initial questionnaire done by the group. At the end of the process will be a community action plan that will be able to inform Aberdeenshire Council, Fire, Police and NHS about what is needed for the Community.

A similar, scaled plan is being done for Daviot.

“What I hope will be delivered is something my fellow Aberdeenshire Councillors and the decision makers can use. They will have a well researched and clear statement from our community about our priorities. They cannot say we have not told them. We have weighed up sometimes contrary opinions and even if there are no clear views we are informing the powers that be to help them take the best decisions. ” said Paul.

Community engagement in full swing.

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292 BUS SERVICE CUTS REVERSED

The proposed service reductions in the 292 from Tarves to Ellon and back is to be reversed. This follows a meeting between Cllr Paul Johnston, Cllr Martin Ford and Aberdeenshire Director Stephen Archer. Mr Archer accepted the Councillors’ concerns that the the approved council budget did not agree to bus service reductions and that there were resources for the 292 and other services.

Councillor Paul Johnston said:

“There were changes, last minute, to Aberdeenshire Council’s budget. We were pleased that one proposed saving on public transport was not accepted by the Council. We appreciate that this may not have been recognised by some services involved. We were pleased to note that they have respected the political will of the Council as expressed in the financial terms of its budget.”

Take a look at @CllrPJohnston’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/CllrPJohnston/status/867367008903548932?s=09


OLDMELDRUM – THE COMMUNITY VISION FOR THE FUTURE – YOUR SAY AND NEXT STEPS -SATURDAY 27 MAY 2017

Oldmeldrum folk are being asked to come to a special public event being held in the Oldmeldrum Royal British legion this coming Saturday 27 May from 9.30am to midday. This is your chance to have an input to help Oldmeldrum will develop over the next many years.  Any major survey went to everyone in the community and you can’t find out the results at this event.

This will form the basis of further questions and consultation. AND a final plan. The Community Council wants your feedback.

Click on and watch the video below, and then find out more below that.

Why do this consultation?

Many people feel that organizations like Aberdeenshire Council do not listen to local people.  What a council often hears is a myriad of different voices, often competing, with little knowledge of what are the real views out there.  Sometimes some groups can shout louder than others, but that does not make it right only to listen to the loudest or best organised.

That is why Meldrum Community Council, encouraged by myself as a local councillor, are doing a ‘Visions’ project.  It’s based on a survey which leads to a plan for our locality.

This locality plan, can be kept refreshed by the community and should inform anyone from Aberdeenshire Council, the NHS, police and fire and rescue, who care to look, what the local priorities are.  For my part as a local councillor, this will help in getting these organisations to deliver what people want for our community.  It will have been properly consulted and democratically constructed.

Please come along and make this an effective ‘VISION’ for the future of Oldmeldrum.


COUNCILLOR URGES RESIDENTS TO HAVE THEIR SAY

A local Aberdeenshire Councillor Paul Johnston has urged residents in the Udny and Pitmedden community to get involved in the feedback meetings being held by Udny Community Trust and the Udny Community Council on the 24th and 26th of May.

” The community council and the Udny Community Trust have been doing great work in a survey to find out the community’s needs and wishes. This feedback session works towards our community’s locality plan. This in turn helps Aberdeenshire Council and all the other agencies understand what our community’s priorities are. They can see in a document evidence of our commitment to develop our places and they can plan what help they can give to meet our objectives.” Said Councillor Paul Johnston.

The meetings take place on Wednesday 24 May at Pitmedden Hall and a gain on Friday 26 May in Udny Green Hall. Both meetings are drop in sessions from any time between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Please see the poster below for contact details.


FOLLOW PAUL JOHNSTON ON TWITTER

You can follow the interests and work of Councillor Paul Johnston on Twitter.  Paul’s Twitter feed is at:

@CllrPJohnston

Paul said:

“All re-tweets are not endorsements or my views, unless I make that clear in my own words.”

Paul tweets regularly on Fairtrade, Social Enterprise & Community development, Waste, environment and sustainability and of course, issues of importance to his work as an Aberdeenshire Councillor.

Paul Johnston – An effective advocate


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