Councillor defends Banchory facility

A LOCAL councillor has defended a Banchory facility that provides accommodation for vulnerable young people.

Wednesday, 28th April 2010, 10:36 am

The Banchory Foyer, located on Sycamore Road in the Hill of Banchory, supports young people, including single parents, ex-offenders, people with drink and drug problems and people with learning difficulties or mental health issues.

The Piper had received complaints from local residents of underage drinking and drug taking at the facility.

Banchory and Mid-Deeside councillor Linda Clark, a former youth worker, expressed her support for the Foyer.

She said: "The young people are not supervised 24 hours per day as they are supposed to have a bit of independence.

"I have been there on visits in response to complaints in the past. I was satisfied that these were dealt with properly and professionally and I know there are good people who work there."

Councillor Clark added: "Nevertheless, the Foyer is a superb resource which has to co-exist and be a good neighbour and any complaints of noise or other nuisance should be reported to the police.

"The surrounding families should not have to suffer in silence."

Grampian Police said they have not received any recent complaints from local residents relating to behaviour at the Banchory Foyer.