Paying back the communities on Deeside

Unpaid work teams cleared access roads and river banks from flood debris at Glen Tanar Estate (photo from Glen Tanar Ranger Service's Facebook page)
Unpaid work teams cleared access roads and river banks from flood debris at Glen Tanar Estate (photo from Glen Tanar Ranger Service's Facebook page)

People completing unpaid work orders have been helping to clear up areas in Aboyne and Maryculter following the floods.

At HorseBack UK in Aboyne, fallen branches were cleared from fields and access roads, and at Glen Tanar Estate, roads and riverbanks were cleared of flood debris. Meanwhile, at Deeside Caravan Park in Maryculter, debris was collected and put into skips for disposal.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, councillor Anne Allan, said: “The unpaid work team can offer valuable assistance, especially at times like these when communities need to recover quickly from flooding.

“I know the businesses, organisations and people that have received support to clear up will join me in thanking the team for the work carried out and I encourage people to get in touch if they have a project the team can work on.”

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, councillor David Aitchison, said: “The amount of work that has taken place by staff, volunteers and the unpaid work service to support communities across Aberdeenshire is commendable.”

Unpaid work is one requirement that can fill a Community Payback Order.

With the number of orders increasing, the service is always keen to hear about more local projects that could benefit from the help of people undertaking Community Payback Orders, and are subsequently inviting people to make applications.

If you have a community project you would like help with, you can contact Aberdeenshire Council’s Unpaid Work Service at any of the emails below:

Team manager: joe.walsh@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Projects officer: john.clark@aberdeenshire.gov.uk (North Aberdeenshire).

Projects officer: gillian.christie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk (South/Central Aberdeenshire).