Doors opened at new depot
THE ribbon has been cut on a brand new depot in Macduff marking a milestone for Aberdeenshire Council.
The £8 million facility is the first new depot to open as part of the council depot strategy, designed to improve the efficiency, welfare, sharing and location of key premises across Aberdeenshire.
The new depot will replace five facilities either owned or leased by the council in Macduff, Banff and Boyndie and will see roads, waste, landscape and housing all co-located under one roof.
Under the council's depot strategy, the number of locations will be reduced from 55 to 37, with a model in place for larger key locations with a supporting network of smaller services.
Speaking at the opening event, Provost of Aberdeenshire councillor Bill Howatson said: "Back in 2015, the policy and resources committee signed off our depot strategy. It was written and agreed in order to support the effective, modern and efficient delivery of services.
"The strategy has within in it a number of key sites, supported by secondary sites more locally." He added: "The co-location of services in this facility help us demonstrate our commitment to in-house service provision in order to better serve the community."