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Upgrade work for Ellon's Balmacassie Industrial Estate due to commence this month


By Kyle Ritchie

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Work on the Balmacassie Industrial Estate in Ellon is expected to start later this month.

The upgrading, which will include resurfacing, drains, pavements, pathways and grass areas has seen delays with the final one due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was approved by the Formartine Area Committee in September 2019 but the coronavirus crisis put paid to the work programme.

The project had to be approved by the local authority's adaptive services board and a cost estimate based on the bill of quantities, which was a detailed statement of work, prices, dimensions and other details had to be considered before the project could start.

Councillor Gillian Owen has received an update from Aberdeenshire Council officers who have informed her the work is due to start in mid-June with the contract for a period of 14 weeks.

Councillor Gillian Owen at the Balmacassie Industrial Estate, where upgrade work is expected to start later this month.
Councillor Gillian Owen at the Balmacassie Industrial Estate, where upgrade work is expected to start later this month.

She said: "The upgrading of this industrial estate has had a long journey and the final delay has been because of Covid-19.

"There have been a couple of false start dates which have sadly come and gone.

"Officers now tell me that they are looking to start mid-June and the contract will be for a period of 14 weeks, which means completion in September.

"Just to remind everyone the works that will be carried out are resurfacing, drains, pavements and pathways and the grass areas, which are all the relevant items within the adopted road boundary.

"So, the pothole and craters will disappear and we shall have nice, new shiny infrastructure for the tenants who have been incredibly patient, for which I thank them very much."


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