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School traffic banning project rolled out to Huntly primary

21 June 2024
School traffic banning project rolled out to Huntly primary

School traffic banning project rolled out to Huntly primary

21 June 2024

A trial project banning traffic from outside of schools will be rolled out to five additional ones in Aberdeenshire including Huntly’s Gordon Primary.


Councillor suspended after leaking Turriff Care Home asylum seeker hotel plans

05 June 2024
Councillor suspended after leaking Turriff Care Home asylum seeker hotel plans

Councillor suspended after leaking Turriff Care Home asylum seeker hotel plans

05 June 2024

A Turriff councillor has been suspended for two months after leaking a confidential email to a reporter.


Bennachie ‘holiday pods’ will offer a well earned rest for trekkers

30 May 2024
Bennachie ‘holiday pods’ will offer a well earned rest for trekkers

Bennachie ‘holiday pods’ will offer a well earned rest for trekkers

30 May 2024

Visitors looking for a well-earned rest after a trek up Bennachie could soon kick back and relax in their own nearby glamping pod and hot tub.


Popular Aberdeenshire A96 roadside farm shop set for further expansion

24 May 2024
Popular Aberdeenshire A96 roadside farm shop set for further expansion

Popular Aberdeenshire A96 roadside farm shop set for further expansion

24 May 2024

Plans for the facility, found on the A96 near Kintore, include two extensions – one to the gift shop and the other to the busy restaurant.


New lease of life for former Aberdeenshire TSB bank

22 May 2024
New lease of life for former Aberdeenshire TSB bank

New lease of life for former Aberdeenshire TSB bank

22 May 2024

Plans to convert the former Ellon TSB bank branch into a new hot food takeaway have been approved.


New Inverurie homes plan rejected over green space issues

15 May 2024
New Inverurie homes plan rejected over green space issues

New Inverurie homes plan rejected over green space issues

15 May 2024

A masterplan by Cala Homes to build up to 100 new homes has been rejected over fears it won’t have enough open space for future residents.


Green light for 68 new homes in Banchory despite fears over road safety.

08 May 2024
Green light for 68 new homes in Banchory despite fears over road safety.

Green light for 68 new homes in Banchory despite fears over road safety.

08 May 2024

Objections over road safety saw he application narrowly approved by five to four votes at the Marr area committee.


Plans for Banchory housing development come under fire

02 May 2024
Plans for Banchory housing development come under fire

Plans for Banchory housing development come under fire

02 May 2024

Plans by national housebuilder Cala Homes to build 68 new homes on the outskirts of Banchory have been slammed by angry residents.


User express concern after Aberdeenshire Shared Lives Scheme axed

02 May 2024
User express concern after Aberdeenshire Shared Lives Scheme axed

User express concern after Aberdeenshire Shared Lives Scheme axed

02 May 2024

The decision to axe an award-winning Aberdeenshire care service has been slammed by families as a “massive loss” for its users.


Historic former department store Esslemont & Macintosh building goes back up for auction

26 April 2024
Historic former department store Esslemont & Macintosh building goes back up for auction

Historic former department store Esslemont & Macintosh building goes back up for auction

26 April 2024

It is hoped a buyer can finally be found for the iconic yet derelict site, after a previous attempt to sell the buildings last month was unsuccessful.


North-east families voice support for new Aberdeenshire additional support needs centre

22 April 2024
North-east families voice support for new Aberdeenshire additional support needs centre

North-east families voice support for new Aberdeenshire additional support needs centre

22 April 2024

Antares Property Development Ltd is looking to build the OaKley Play and Life-Skills Centre out at Coneyhatch.


Ellon gym to remain open following Scottish Ministers decision

30 March 2024
Ellon gym to remain open following Scottish Ministers decision

Ellon gym to remain open following Scottish Ministers decision

30 March 2024

An Ellon gym has had a weight taken off its shoulders as Scottish Ministers have ruled it can stay open despite councillors voting to refuse it.


Volunteers could soon become school crossing patrollers in Aberdeenshire

29 March 2024
Volunteers could soon become school crossing patrollers in Aberdeenshire

Volunteers could soon become school crossing patrollers in Aberdeenshire

29 March 2024

Volunteers across Aberdeenshire could soon be able to give up their spare time to take on the role of school crossing patrollers.


Aberdeenshire equestrian centre adds new accommodation offering for users

28 March 2024
Aberdeenshire equestrian centre adds new accommodation offering for users

Aberdeenshire equestrian centre adds new accommodation offering for users

28 March 2024

Bogenraith Equestrian applied for permission to add five flat-roofed cabins to the Durris site to allow competitors to stay overnight.


Head teachers have "lost faith" in a scheme to bring new staff to the north-east

23 March 2024
Head teachers have "lost faith" in a scheme to bring new staff to the north-east

Head teachers have "lost faith" in a scheme to bring new staff to the north-east

23 March 2024

Director of education Laurence Findlay made the revelation while discussing Aberdeenshire Council’s experience with the Teacher Induction Scheme.


Burger King and Costa plan approved for Peterhead site

20 March 2024
Burger King and Costa plan approved for Peterhead site

Burger King and Costa plan approved for Peterhead site

20 March 2024

Fast food chain Burger King and coffee retailer Costa are set to come to Peterhead after plans for two new drive-thrus were granted.


Aberdeenshire family's fears over SSEN 400kV line proposal

15 March 2024
Aberdeenshire family's fears over SSEN 400kV line proposal

Aberdeenshire family's fears over SSEN 400kV line proposal

15 March 2024

A family living in the middle of a proposed new power line route near Fetteresso Forest say they have been left suffering from sleepless nights.


Fears over removal of overnight minor injury unit service

15 March 2024
Fears over removal of overnight minor injury unit service

Fears over removal of overnight minor injury unit service

15 March 2024

Aberdeenshire’s three remaining minor injury units could soon be closed overnight in a bid to save money despite fears it would ‘put lives at risk’.


Report reveals no opening dates for Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre

13 March 2024
Report reveals no opening dates for Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre

Report reveals no opening dates for Baird Family Hospital and Anchor Centre

13 March 2024

Two new facilities located next to ARI were due to be completed in 2020 but have fallen victim to construction delays and soaring costs.


Macduff bar owner's battle to settle licencing bill in cash

11 March 2024
Macduff bar owner's battle to settle licencing bill in cash

Macduff bar owner's battle to settle licencing bill in cash

11 March 2024

The Plough Inn in Macduff is at risk of having its alcohol licence removed as Aberdeenshire Council won’t allow its owner to pay the bill by cash.


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