Council seeking views on future of local services

Communities, families, groups and individuals are being asked for their views about the delivery and the future of important local services over the summer months.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Lifelong Learning and Leisure Service is currently undertaking one of its largest ever programmes of public engagement activity.

Staff are looking to speak to people face-to-face at events in the area throughout the summer, from July to September, and have already been out in communities.

Everyone of all ages is encouraged to tell them what they think about the future of learning and leisure in Aberdeenshire, with the branding: “Shout it out – we’re here to hear”.

Engagement activity will focus on a broad range of community services, including libraries, museums, sport and leisure, early years and community learning and development.

Chair of the council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “We want as many people as possible to make their views known, so that we can tailor the Service to meet the needs of local people now and into the future.”

Vice chair, councillor Ron McKail, said: “This ambitious programme of engagement will help us have a clear and detailed understanding of what communities need and want from important community services over the coming years, so we hope people won’t be reluctant in coming forward.”

While visitors to local events in all six areas of Aberdeenshire are encouraged to speak to council staff in person, the consultation is available online: