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The chairman of Ballater Business Association (BBA) has written to First Minister Alex Salmond, challenging him to visit the Deeside village to discuss grievances over high business rates.

Bryn Wayte, who runs Deeside Books in Ballater’s Bridge Street, claims Mr Salmond has refused to listen to any of their arguments or concerns.

The increases came following an overhaul of the system, which came into force in April.

Since then, they have been calling for ministers to take action on the issue, but feel they are being failed.

In September last year, Scottish Government Enterprise Minister Jim Mather visited the village to hear the concerns of local business people facing the crippling business rate rise.

He was told how while the average increase in rateable values across Grampian had been 30%, in Ballater it had been 60%.

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