Traveller stopover site to be consulted

Plans to create Aberdeenshire’s first official traveller stopover site have taken a step forward.

Councillors agreed, in principle, to the potential creation of a traveller site at Aikey Brae, around 14 miles South of Fraserburgh, at a meeting of the policy and resources committee last Thursday.

The site at Aikey Brae has been used as an unauthorised encampment by the travelling community for more than 10 years. With large areas of hard standing, natural bounding and access to water, it is considered a suitable stopping place.

For use as a 14-pitch stopover site, a water pipe, portable toilets and refuse facilities would be installed and regularly maintained at Aikey Braes.

Aberdeenshire Council has been trying to identify areas of land for use as stopover sites for several years.

The creation of these sites would meet the accommodation needs of travellers, as identified in the Craigforth Accommodation Study carried out in 2009.

Councillors approved the potential creation of the site, in principle, subject to wider consultation including with the Buchan Area Committee.

The plans will then be referred to the traveller sub-committee for detailed consideration, after councillors agreed earlier in today’s meeting to extend the remit of the sub-committee to include determining the provision of accommodation for travellers. A final decision will be made at a future meeting of the policy and resources Committee.