Residents present petition to councillor

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FRASERBURGh councillor Brian Topping met with residents of Albany Court recently to hear their concerns about future changes in sheltered housing warden services.

Councillor Topping, who had visited a number of complexes throughout the day, was presented with a petition to pass to Aberdeenshire Council on behalf of the residents.

The petition was signed by the residents of Albany Court in protest a proposals to alter the warden services currently offered.

Commenting on his recent visits, Councillor Topping said: “Residents are very concerned about the current proposals and how it may affect them. They are being asked to pay more but some are going to be getting less.

“People in sheltered housing need to know how these proposals will affect them. I believe councillors need to discuss this important issue in the area committees and tried to raise this at the recent Banff and Buchan area committee and asked if a future meeting could have a presentation regarding these proposals to enable councillors to put forward their views .

“However, I was informed by the chairman that this was a policy decision and had been discussed in the housing and social work committee. I do commend Councillor Anne Allan for challenging these proposals.”

Meanwhile, Banff and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson joined Councillor Topping at the sheltered housing complex to hear the residents concerns.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “There is no doubt that many sheltered housing residents are anxious at what changes may happen to their warden service.

“The comfort offered to residents knowing they have a warden on-site is important and the feedback I have been getting suggests that Aberdeenshire Council’s consultation process has left a lot of people concerned and others confused.

“I know that my colleague Brian Topping is a regular attender at the various sheltered housing meetings, indeed he seems to be the only Fraserburgh councillor who does so, and I am fully supportive of his efforts on behalf of his constituents to ensure that services are protected from cuts.”