Mid Deeside Community Council has a new chairman.
At its recent AGM, Aboyne businessman Mick Malletwas elected to take over from George Parkinson.
In paying tribute to his predecessor, to secretary Jo Sinclair and to Peggy McGregor, all of whom were leaving the community council, Mr Mallett reflected on the community council’s achievements during the past year and looked ahead at what was likely to be a busy year. He highlighted the Aboyne Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on the Green on June 3, the continuing progress in implementing the Aboyne Community Action Plan, the planned extension of the Christmas lights and improving communication between the council and the community through its website as well as the provision of a community noticeboard in the centre of Aboyne.
Mr Mallett said: “All these activities are in addition to the regular tasks of responding to issues raised by members of the community and commenting on planning applications and we are sorry to lose the services of George, Jo and Peggy who have worked very hard over the past few years, but I am delighted that we have two new members Elaine Mather and Brian Kinkead. However, we would like other members of the community to come forward and join the Community Council and I can promise them that they will find the experience very rewarding.”
Jo Sinclair’s role as secretary is being taken by Keith Bennett and the vice-chairman’s post by Dr Douglas Glass. Mr Mallet acknowledged the invaluable help and advice given by Aberdeenshire councillors in dealing with the work of the community council.