Promising response to action plan launch

Steering group chair Mary Lennox, right, and group member Alison Ritchie at the launch of Banchory's community action plan at the town's Tesco store.
Steering group chair Mary Lennox, right, and group member Alison Ritchie at the launch of Banchory's community action plan at the town's Tesco store.

Community leaders in Banchory have been encouraged by the initial response to the launch of a new action plan for the town.

The survey to establish the views of local people and visitors will run until the end of the month.

It’s really important that as many people as possible complete the survey

Mary Lennox Steering Group Chair

Banchory Community Council and Marr Area Partnership set up a steering group a few months ago to lead the community action plan process.

People are being invited to suggest what changes and improvements they feel are needed in the town for 2020 and beyond.

Steering group chair Mary Lennox told the Piper: “We had a really good day and gave out lots of leaflets. Most people were interested and were happy to discuss the survey with us.

“The majority of those we spoke to said they would fill in the survey online but a few preferred to take a paper copy.”

The exercise will be repeated at the River Festival on June 10 and at the Farmers’ Market and Morrisons on June 17.

Mrs Lennox said: “It’s really important that as many people as possible complete the survey. All comments will be considered, but we can’t know what people want unless they tell us.

“It was obvious at the launch that there were differing views about what would improve Banchory so to have a say people really need to express what they feel.

“Improvements people want could be small in scale and something a small group of residents could work together to achieve, or more ambitious where the need is to influence the decisions made by, for example, Aberdeenshire Council.”

At the launch at Tesco in Banchory last Wednesday, steering group members were impressed by the number of people from outwith the area who were extremely enthusiastic about the town.

The survey can be completed at www.marrareapartneership.org.uk or copies are available at the library, community centre or requested by email from banchorycommunity@hotmail.com