Communities’ views sought on EU funding

Local communities are being asked for their views on how Aberdeenshire could be improved with access to a new source of European funding.

European Union money will be available from 2014 to 2020 to support Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) Programmes.

Funds are to be managed by partnerships known as Local Action Groups, similar to present LEADER and Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund programmes.

Aberdeenshire Council is working with community, private and public sector partners to prepare Local Development Strategies which will form the basis of an application to the Scottish Government to secure funding for the North-east.

Thoughts on which activities should be prioritised for funding over the next seven years are being sought as part of the process - including through open public events.

Chairman of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), Peter Argyle, said: “Aberdeenshire has benefited extensively from European funded programmes, with the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER and Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund having supported more than 150 projects to date.

“Our communities have the opportunity now to build upon this success by shaping new programmes for Aberdeenshire for the next seven years and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend the events.”

The public events are being arranged by Aberdeenshire’s Rural Partnerships. One of the events is being held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on March 4 at the MACBI Centre, Mintlaw. Contact 01771 613584 for further details.

To find out more about the funding programmes visit: http://bit.ly/1mr4rl9