Councillors conduct survey

Over 150 responses were made to the budget consultation initiated by Aberdeenshire councillors Paul Johnston and Martin Ford.

The councillors’ consultation on Aberdeenshire Council’s revenue budget through to 2018 – a period expected to see the authority having to make spending cuts totalling up to £50 million – was launched just before Christmas.

The consultation sought views on what the Council could do to effect savings, and what priorities should be for the available budget.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation,” said Cllr Paul Johnston.

“We will consider the responses carefully and take them into account, along with other information, in formulating budget proposals for the years ahead.”

“Of course, those responding to the consultation expressed a variety of views,” said Green councillor Martin Ford. “But there are some suggestions for savings and what priorities should be that were supported by a significant proportion of respondents.”

The budget consultation by councillors Johnston and Ford was publicised through the local press and social media.

A total of 152 people responded on-line or in writing and 95 per cent stated that they were Aberdeenshire residents.

Respondents were self-selecting from amongst those aware of the consultation.