Council spells out their spend pledges

Deputy Leader Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes: "The workshops have been very useful in giving members a deeper understanding of the way the council operates financially..."
Deputy Leader Councillor Martin Kitts-Hayes: "The workshops have been very useful in giving members a deeper understanding of the way the council operates financially..."

A range of schemes have been put forward for investment under the Aberdeenshire Alliance 100 day pledge.

Proposals to spend up to £13 million savings from 2011/12 will be put forward for consideration to councillors at next week’s meeting of Policy & Resources Committee.

In early June, the Aberdeenshire Alliance made a 100 day pledge to consider plans for delivering the six areas, with a particular focus on bringing forward proposals which are planned for later years.

The proposals focus on six key areas of investing in towns and villages; providing assistance to small businesses; boosting tourism and hospitality industries; increasing pre-school and nursery provision; increasing care at home services for older people; and accelerating plans to improve roads, provide affordable housing and replacing schools and care homes.

Local area committees, working alongside communities and partners, have put forward 68 schemes worth £5.8 million for investing in towns and villages.

Schemes include renovation of the Alford Heritage Centre and investment in walking paths on the Deeside Way.

The other key priority areas of increasing pre-school and nursery provision, increasing care at home services for older people and accelerating plans to improve roads, provide affordable housing and replace schools and care homes have all been progressed, following reports to the policy committees.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes said : “We want to develop a reputation as a council that means business, that can understand the needs of local communities and respond by turning that listening into action.

The bids for investment will be discussed at Policy & Resources Committee on 20th September and a plan agreed for delivering the projects.