IT looks as though the Council may have done a u-turn on proposals for a combined depot at East Newtonleys.
Back in 2015, there was local outcry when Aberdeenshire Council drew up proposals for a new base at East Newtonleys, including a salt barn and a waste transfer station.
Now, consultation is underway for Aberdeenshire Council’s latest Local Development Plan, LDP, that identifies land in our towns and villages to be allocated for housing or business development.
And at this week’s meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, Paul Lindop ran through the string of bids for development around Stonehaven.
He said, “None of the bids are surprises. They have all been tried before.”
And the eagle-eyed Mr Lindop added, “But the site where the combined depot was going to go, looks to be dropped, which will be a considerable relief.”
So, if the council have shelved their plans for a depot at East Newtonleys, where now for the facility?
A spokesman for Aberdeenshire Council said, “The depot programme is under review, as such all projects within the agreed depot strategy are subject to ongoing appraisal in respect of site availability and Service requirements.
“Once completed, the review will be presented in a report currently being prepared for elected members.”
He added, “The Main Issues Report for the emerging Local Development Plan (LDP) is a consultation document and outlines what it is felt needs to change following on from the current LDP 2017 – it is designed to create debate and comment.
“Anyone can take part online, or view related documents at a local library until Monday, April 8.”