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A number of consultations have been initiated recently, some by Aberdeenshire Council. Local authorities will need funding from the Scottish Government to implement the recommendations of the consultations, especially as with Council Tax frozen local authorities raise little money themselves compared to what they spend. Funding by the EU normally requires match funding from either the Scottish Government or the local authority, which in practice means local authority will ask the Scottish Government for the funds required. It will be disappointing if the Scottish Government is keen to encourage consultation exercises so that it appears to be listening to communities but does not provide the funds to implement recommendations.

Macduff & Banff

Consultation re what would improve Macduff and Banff.

Fisher Associates were appointed by Aberdeenshire Council to consult and produce proposals which will promote improvements in Macduff and Banff with Macduff harbour and the harbour frontage receiving specific mention. The initial consultations including public workshops during the week commencing 17th May and the follow on draft plan and further consultations are welcome. We hope for positive recommendations and that EU and other funding will be found to take the recommendations forward and to implement these for the benefit of both towns. We made proposals to Fisher Associates in principle to the effect that there should be improvements including investment in Macduff harbour but did not go into detail leaving that to those consulted.


This appears to be a more modest consultation but it is important that our communities have the opportunity to make recommendations to allow our communities to thrive.


We all know that this is a dangerous road which should be improved. We hope that recommendations will lead to improvements and whilst there will always be accidents caused by driver error an inherently safer road would reduce accidents.

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Recent updates

  • Article: May 3, 2016

    Earlier in the campaign I was film some short clips for BBC Scotland on some of the big choices that Scotland is facing at this election.

    On education, I set out the Lib Dem plan for a transformational investment in early years' education, schools and colleges.

    On health, we will boost investment in GPs and - crucially - change the way that we support people struggling with mental ill health.

  • Article: May 3, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Alison McInnes has said her party will liberate Police Scotland from top-down government control as she warns of the dangers of a continued target for extra officer numbers.

    Figures published today show that the SNP government has met the 1,000 extra police officer target it set in 2007. But Mrs McInnes has consistently raised concerns that the target disguises the situation in the ground, hiding an imbalance between those officers working in communities and those who are having to cover civilian shifts.

  • Article: May 3, 2016

    If you're voting for the first time in a Holyrood election, this is what you need to know:

    Who can vote

    First off, you've got to be registered (if you aren't sure if you are, drop us a line here, and we're happy to check for you).

    You also need to be:

    • Aged 16 or over on polling day (Thursday 5th May)


  • Article: May 3, 2016

    As the Holyrood elections get closer and closer, I have become increasingly bemused that Ruth Davidson and others have sought to claim that the Conservatives are somehow the authentic opposition to the SNP.

    It jars starkly with my experience when governing alongside the Conservatives in Coalition in Whitehall for five years.

  • Article: May 2, 2016

    ay Bryan, 27, felt the aura of a seizure coming on while shopping on Saturday and asked to use the disabled toilet of Burger King in Gloucester. He was told by a member of staff that it was for disabled people.

    Epilepsy 'isn't a proper disability'

    "I said to her 'I've got epilepsy'", said Jay. "She told me epilepsy isn't a proper disability and to stop being lazy and to use my legs to go to the toilets for normal people."

  • Article: May 2, 2016

    Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has welcomed news that the Translarna drug has now been signed off by England's drugs approval body NICE.

    [Pictured left: Greg Mulholland MP with Nic Bungay from Muscular Dystrophy UK, doing a petition drop at 10 Downing Street]

    The first ever treatment to address the underlying causes of Duchenne muscular dystrophy has received a positive funding recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and will be made available to eligible patients across the UK. The drug, Translarna, is proven to slow down the degenerative impact of this life limiting condition, keeping patients walking for longer and improving quality of life.

  • Article: May 1, 2016

    In March Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could be worth up to £10bn. But she didn't tell anyone about it.

    This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2016

    Up to 400,000 dyslexic children may be hampered in learning to read by the Government's insistence on the use of synthetic phonics to teach them, says a report to be published today.

    A poll of more than 500 literacy teachers reveals that more than half (52 per cent) believe that the Government's approach is either "ineffective" or "not very effective" in helping dyslexic pupils.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2016

    Following the airing of Channel 4's Dispatches programme The Great Benefits Row on Monday 11 April 2016, the BPS is extremely concerned about the appropriateness of the training, behaviour and outcome goals of some disability assessors employed by Capita as depicted on the programme.

    As the professional body for psychologists in the UK, the British Psychological Society (BPS) is concerned that the contributions of psychological theory and practice are not being used to best effect within the benefits system. We are committed to ensuring that psychological assessments are valid and enable individuals to receive tailored guidance and support.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes today emphasised the importance of having strong, liberal voices at Holyrood that will question the SNP's cavalier approach to stop and search and police reform.

    Mrs McInnes' remarks come as a new study by Kath Murray of the University of Edinburgh's school of law, published in the British Journal of Criminology, says the use of controversial, so-called consensual stop and search practices was allowed to grow because of a lack of political and media scrutiny.

    Commenting on the study, Mrs McInnes said: "For two years SNP ministers and backbenchers showed no interest in ending industrial-scale stop and search. They were comfortable with young children being searched on a so-called consensual basis.

    "They ignored countless warnings from experts that the hundreds of thousands of searches being conducted by Police Scotland were discriminatory and illegal under human rights law.

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats in the last parliament succeeded, against all odds, in changing the law to ban these random, intrusive and unjustified searches.

    "But there is more work to be done because the SNP are already looking at introducing new search powers for activities that aren't illegal. That is a dangerous precedent to set and it could see industrial stop and search reintroduced through the backdoor.

    "The SNP's cavalier approach to stop and search and police reform shows the importance of having strong liberal voices in the new parliament. Scotland can't wait on the SNP to restore civil liberties and put democracy back into the police."