Consultation takes place in Strichen

Aberdeenshire Council will be setting its budget in February 2013 for the 2013/2014 financial year and is inviting members of the public to share their views and ask questions.

As part of the consultation process, a public event was held in Strichen’s Ritchie Hall on Wednesday, January 9, following two previous events in Netherly and Oldmeldrum in December 2012. The events have involved Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Councillor Jim Gifford, other senior politicians and Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Colin Mackenzie.

The council officials have been mixing with groups to hear views and suggestions for how the council should be prioritising its spending for the year ahead and future years.

In addition to the public meeting, there was an online ‘question time’ with Council Leader Jim Gifford from 5-7pm on Monday, January 7.

Commenting, Councillor Jim Gifford said: “It is important that the council engages with communities as part of the budget-setting process.

“The two previous events and online question and answer session were a success and I look forward to these further opportunities to outline our approach to setting budgets, hear public views and answer any questions people may have about how money is allocated.”

The event in Strichen began with an update on the council’s financial position, and developments since the last round of public engagement events, before moving on to a group discussion and a question and answer session.

Questions and ideas can be submitted via Twitter at @aberdeenshire and Facebook at

If you were unable to attend the events, either in person or online, you can submit your question or comment to or by phone on 01224 665424 – a written response will be provided.