Fraserburgh Community Councillors were made to wait outside on Tuesday night before their scheduled monthly meeting as Council employees refused to let them enter the building early.
Member John Lovegrove, the treasurer of the community council in Fraserburgh, told his fellow community representatives and Councillor Charles Buchan that he had arrived early to collect the keys to the council chambers, where the meetings take place, and was told that he would not be allowed to enter early, despite the cold weather, due to ‘cutbacks’.
“What’s it got to do with the chambers?” questioned Mr Lovegrove to Councillor Buchan after informing him of the story.
“I do sympathise with council workers because they have just been hammered - we got nothing out of the budget,” claimed Councillor Buchan.
He continued: “There’s a lot of things that were done in the past on a goodwill basis, now that’s gone.
“I don’t know what the reason is, but it could just be a lack of goodwill.”
Chairperson of the community council, Ronnie McNab, told Councillor Buchan that he intended to raise the issue with the staff in Fraserburgh’s Council offices and the Banff and Buchan area manager, having never ran into this kind of issue before whilst serving on the community council.
It was revealed later in the meeting of the Fraserburgh Community Council that the area manager, Margaret-Jane Cardno, would be making an appearance at the group’s monthly meeting in March.
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