Distribution centre moves

Marr area project officer Lizzy Shepherd and Greenwell Equipment's Richy Turnbull
Marr area project officer Lizzy Shepherd and Greenwell Equipment's Richy Turnbull

Ballater’s temporary flood relief distribution centre - two large containers and a portacabin - is due to be uplifted this month.

The units have been located in the village’s Church Street car park for the last six months and have assisted many people affected by the aftermath of Storm Frank.

The centre has been manned by volunteers on a weekly basis and items stored and distributed include TVs, small kitchen appliances, crockery, cutlery, utensils, bedding and duvets, clothes, shoes, boots, coats and jackets.

Larger items, needed by families who lost their homes due to the severe floods, such as beds and other furniture have been stored in other donated containers in Ballater.

The units were supplied by Aberdeenfirm Greenwell Equipment.

Janelle Clark, Marr Area Manager, said: “Ballater is making good progress in the recovery from the flooding in December. One of the many contributory factors has been assistance from volunteers and donations of household items. “This would not have been possible without the invaluable donation from Greenwell Equipment of the storage containers to hold the many items donated by the public and also the portacabin whereby it was possible to coordinate the ongoing assistance by the volunteers.”

Richy Turnbull, from Greenwell Equipment, said: “We were delighted to help the residents of Ballater after Storm Frank.

“It’s good to see the village getting back on its feet.”