Move to disband council

The final decision will be made by Aberdeenshire Council
The final decision will be made by Aberdeenshire Council

A crisis-hit community council in Aberdeenshire is set to be disbanded.

Mid Deeside Community Council has been struggling for members and last week Marr Area Committee unanimously backed a recommendation from officials to dissolve the group - despite a late bid to save it.

A final decision on its future will be taken by a full meeting of Aberdeenshire Council.

The move to dissolve the council followed two informal attempts to generate new members, supported by informal efforts.

Last week’s meeting heard from a community council representative claiming there were three new nominations.

But members were told that these came in well after the closing date in the formal election process and were therefore invalid. Committee member Councillor Peter Argyle said later the question was not about any of the issues previously raised, but simply about finding a way for the community council to co-operate within the terms of its constitution.

He added: “Dissolving the council was a serious step but by taking this step, we would be able to work towards the establishment of a new community council for the Mid Deeside area.

“I urged that we recommend to the full council that everything possible should be done to ensure it is re-established as soon as possible.

“With a population of some 2,500 people, I am certain it is possible to find enough people willing to step forward after a fresh start. Ideally there would be enough nominations for there to be a proper election.”