‘New blood’ sought

It has been another busy year for the Mid Deeside Community Council (MDCC), with community councillors pursuing a number of important issues, including the threat to Aboyne maternity unit, as well as planning applications about which residents of the Mid Deeside area have had concerns.

Following the publication this year of the Aboyne Community Action Plan, progress has continued on its implementation, particularly in the areas of village enhancement and the facilities for younger residents. The plan has enabled the village to attract valuable government funding to take these projects forward.

This year, MDCC is seeking more new members to represent the areas of Dinnet, Glen Tanar, Kincardine O’Neil and Aboyne. The community council has a very important role in representing the views of the community to Aberdeenshire Council and to various public bodies. During the past year, it has been involved in investigating the policies concerning affordable housing, which have been of concern to many.

Although full members must be over 18 and on the electoral roll, or have lived in the area for three months, or be the owner of a business in the area, the community council is particularly pleased to have welcomed two senior pupils from Aboyne Academy to the council as co-opted members.

The MDCC will lose a number of members this year, including the secretary, Jo Sinclair, who has worked tirelessly to represent the community council for the past four years.

They are appealing to residents from across Mid Deeside to volunteer to stand as candidates for MDCC. Nomination forms can be obtained from either the Deeside Community Centre, Bridgeview Road, Aboyne, or the Post Office, Charleston Road, Aboyne. For more information, call Jo Sinclair, on (013398) 86199 or e-mail: contactus@middeesidecc.org. Completed forms should be returned to Jo Sinclair, secretary, Mid Deeside Community Council, c/o Victory Hall, Aboyne. AB34 5HY by Friday, April 13.

Anyone wishing to find out what else the MDCC is currently dealing with, can see the minutes on display in the library, the post office and online at www.ouraderdeenshire.org.uk or www.middeesidecc.org.

The MDCC AGM will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 8, in room five of Deeside Community Centre, Aboyne. Members of the public are invited to attend the AGM, as well as meetings on the second Tuesday of each month.