Councillor calls for re-think of housing policy

A FRASERBURGH councillor has urged Aberdeenshire Council to review its housing policy for a site in Inverallochy following a torrent of complaints from residents of a village street.

Cllr Charles Buchan said he had received the complaints from “very anxious” people in the village following an incident at a council-owned property on Allochy Road used to house homeless people.

Cllr Buchan told the Herald: “There are reports of armed police, police dogs, and specially-equiped ambulances in attendance at the scene of the incident. After many hours, a single man was taken away by police.

“Pensioners in neighbouring houses were in a state of shock. Those neighbours at home were told to stay inside their homes for their safety; those coming back to their homes in the evening were not allowed to enter them.

“One elderly neighbour had to receive medical attention afterwards on account of the stress. A substantial amount of damage has been done to the property.”

Cllr Buchan has since met with Aberdeenshire Council’s director of housing and social work, Ritchie Johnston and has urged that the housing allocation policy to the Inverallochy property be urgently reviewed, with some consideration being given to the neighbours in this formerly quiet area.

“I believe the community would be pleased and relieved if these emergency and short-term homeless tenancies were to be stopped, and replaced by normal permanent tenants, of whom there are many on the waiting list,” he said.