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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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  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    The Scottish Government is not lacking for problems which require urgent action.

    Over the last few weeks we have had reports that two thirds of emergency GP training places are going unfilled. Police union chiefs told a fringe meeting at SNP conference that police cars are being held together with duct tape and cable ties. Our economic growth is lagging behind the rest of the UK.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2016

    Mental health trusts in England are still having their budgets cut, despite government assurances they would be funded on a par with physical healthcare, figures suggest. Analysis by the King's Fund think tank, seen by the BBC, suggests 40% of the 58 trusts saw budgets cut in 2015-16.

    It found six of them had seen budgets cut three years in a row. An NHS spokeswoman said mental health services were "wider" than trusts, and care was funded in other ways. Mental health spending overall was up 8.4% in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, the NHS said.

  • Article: Oct 11, 2016

    If this was just 12km over those hills it would probably have been destroyed by Daesh.

    This was how the 33-year-old governor of Baalbek-Hermel described the World Heritage Site of the temples of Jupiter and Bacchus in Lebanon. Possibly the world's most intact Greek, Roman and Byzantine remains didn't have many visitors when I was there with the governor and their charismatic caretaker last week. British travel advice marks the whole of the province, along the Bequaa valley and bordering Syria, as red against all travel. I couldn't help but think of the other caretakers of such precious world treasures who have sacrificed their lives in order to preserve such gems of human culture and history. The vulnerability of the site reflects that of the people who live around it. The region has seen its population grow by a third with Syrians fleeing the hell-like slaughter of their country's bloody internal conflict.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2016

    Growing up in a small village in Fife, community was important to me and my family. My parents ran the local shop. We knew everyone and everyone knew us. Mum and Dad used to tell me stories about the customers. Who they were and where they were from.

    Some of our customers were from Polish families who fled persecution during the Second World War. These were people just like us who had dropped everything and come to Scotland for safety.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    People with temporary injuries or illness which restrict mobility will be eligible for a blue disability parking badge from October 1st.

    The expanded scheme will now offer 12-month badges for those recovering from or waiting for treatment.

    Severe leg injuries, stroke or head injuries, spinal trauma and cancer affecting movement are among the eligible conditions.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    Plans to cut discounts given to disabled people receiving care in later life have been announced in Dorset. It is one of many options being considered by the county council for social care, along with changes to the way people pay for care and transport offered to those being cared for.

    The changes are part of the Care Act which has been brought in by the government, the authority said.Its proposals will now go out to public consultation.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    A disability football team from Aberystwyth which feared it would have to close if it did not attract more members has trebled its numbers.

    Aber Stars' coach said membership had waned and if the 2016 Paralympic Games did not inspire more people to join, it may not be able to continue.

    Steven Brookes told BBC Wales there were sometimes fewer than five players at training.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    A campaign that aims to tackle the stigma around mental health has been given £20m in funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. The Time To Change initiative, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, works with schools, employers and local communities to reduce discrimination and raise awareness.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    Tens of thousands of people claiming the main benefit for long-term sickness will no longer face repeated medical assessments to keep their payments. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it was pointless to re-test recipients of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) with severe conditions and no prospect of getting better.

  • Article: Oct 3, 2016

    The children's section of the BHTA - British Healthcare Trades Association, have compiled a report which shows that there is poor provision of appropriate equipment for disabled children. This report was compiled together with Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Chris Rennard. The following is taken from their website.