Economy on the agenda at Broch event

Regeneration, supporting local businesses and funding were among the topics discussed at the latest community engagement event in Fraserburgh.

The event at Dalrymple Hall, covered themes relating to the local economy and regeneration, followed by an open question and answer session.

Aberdeenshire Council leader Cllr Anne Robertson, chief executive Colin Mackenzie, head of economic development Belinda Miller and Rita Stephen, development manager, ACSEF (Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future) were on hand to answer questions raised by the 70 community representatives and local businesses who attended.

There was discussion about funding and grants available to local businesses to support them.

These include the Aberdeen City and Shire first employee grant scheme, which provides advice and support for businesses taking on their first employee.

Regeneration within north Aberdeenshire was also covered during the evening. Funding and budget reductions were also discussed.

Aberdeenshire Council has to deliver £54million of savings from its budget, resulting in changes for to way some community organisations and groups are funded. The council will support and advise groups as they move forward.

Attracting tourists to the north of Aberdeenshire was also discussed. A new Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Strategy is to be developed later this year for the Area Tourism Partnership.

This will examine the approach for the whole area to promote and support tourism.

The important factor is communities and groups identifying and agreeing a unique selling point, an approach that is needed to support to help the tourism industry to help itself.

The community engagement events will continue across Aberdeenshire and a further event will be held in North Aberdeenshire in early 2012.