Councillor steps in at Gardenstown

Councillor Hamish Partridge.
Councillor Hamish Partridge.

Troup councillor Hamish Partridge has said that a meeting held last week to discuss a stand-off between environmental campaigners and a salmon fishing company has been “very productive”.

The SNP councillor chaired a ‘round table’ meeting involving representatives from the local Community Council, Police Scotland, Sea Shepherds and Usan Salmon Fisheries.

Commenting, Councillor Partridge said: “This was a very productive meeting which found some common ground between all parties and a way forward on a number of issues.

“I agreed to act as Chairman of the meeting as I have no brief for either side in the debate and my focus in all of this is the people and community of Gardenstown and allowing residents to get on with their day to day business with the minimum of disruption.

“I am pleased that Sea Shepherds have agreed to ask the Hunt Saboteurs to step-down their activities, which should help to remove some local tensions.

“All parties agreed to keep the dialogue going and I hope a meeting can be arranged again in the near future to continue the progress.”

Activists from the Sea Shepherd have been at Gardenstown for the past week.