Council asks for residents’ budget views

Aberdeenshire Council will be setting its budget in February for the 2013/2014 financial year and is giving residents the chance to share their views and ask questions.

Three public events are being planned across Aberdeenshire, involving the Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, councillor Jim Gifford, other senior politicians and Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Colin Mackenzie

They will be present and mixing with groups to hear views and suggestions for how the council should be prioritising its spending for next year and future years.

In addition to the public meetings, two further online ‘question time’ sessions will be held with the Council Leader.

The three public events will be held on: Monday, December 3, 2012 at Lairhillock Primary School in Netherley, near Stonehaven; Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Meldrum Academy, Colpy Road, Oldmeldrum and Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Ritchie Hall, Sleigh Crescent, Strichen.

Each event will open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start, and will finish around 9pm. Refreshments will be provided.

The informal events will begin with an update on the council’s financial position, and developments since the last round of public engagement events. There will then be a chance for group discussion before an open question and answer session.

For the first time there will be two online ‘question time’ sessions with Cllr Gifford, to run from 5pm – 7pm on Monday, December 10 and Monday, January 7, 2013. The Council Leader will answer questions submitted via Twitter at @aberdeenshire and on Facebook at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/facebook. Questions can be submitted in advance, or during the question time session.

If you are unable to attend the events, either in person or online, then you can submit your question or comment to lynne.gravener@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or by phone on 01224 665424 and we will ensure that you will receive a written response.