Boundary change shelved for one year

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Plans to extend Rosehearty’s boundary have been shelved by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee this month following a poor turnout of consultees.

Would it have been agreed on, the boundary of Rosehearty would have extended into the now disbanded territory of Sandhaven, Pitullie and district’s community council, and South to encompass Happyhillock and the Mains of Ardlaw.

Margaret-Jane Cardno, the area manager, told councillors at the meeting last week that: “I’ve been minded to recommend the status quo remain,” adding that the boundaries remain for another year.

In the report delivered to councillors on the potential boundary change, the elected members of the committee were asked “in light of the poor consultation response and the lack of awareness in the effected communities, the status quo remain for a period of one year, affording the communities of Sandhaven, Pitullie and district further time to consider the requirement for a new Community Council to serve this area.”

The Sandhaven, Pitullie and district community council was disbanded in September, 2012, and, as a result, could not be consulted over the potential boundary change.

In total, just 10 residents participated in the consultation.

One consultee said: “Why not support the re-establishment of a Community Council for Sandhaven and Pitullie and consider the boundary after.”

As part of the consultation, Troup councillor Hamish Partridge, the report says, also raised concerns that the boundary map did not reflect the wishes of the affected community councils.

Following discussions on the proposal, councillors agreed with the recommendation to maintain the existing conditions of the boundary for a period of one year.