Strichen to host leader of Aberdeenshire Council

Aberdeenshire Council will be setting its budget in February for the 2013/14 financial year, and is giving residents the chance to share their views and ask questions.

One of the public
events, which are being planned across Aberdeenshire involving the Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, councillor Jim Gifford, other senior politicians and Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Colin Mackenzie, will take place on Wednesday, January 9, in Ritchie Hall, Strichen. Refreshments will be provided.

In addition to the public meetings, two further online ‘question time’ sessions will be held with the Council Leader.

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

“We want to outline our approach to setting budgets, hear public views and to answer any questions people may have about how money is allocated.”

The informal events will begin with an update on the council’s financial position, and developments since the last round of public engagement events, run from 5pm to 7pm on December 10 and January 7, respectively.

There will then be a chance for group discussion before an open question and answer session.

The Council Leader will answer questions submitted via Twitter at @aberdeenshire and on Facebook at

Questions can be submitted in advance, or during session.

If you are unable to attend the events, either in person or online, then you can submit your question or comment to or by phone on 01224 665424 and you will receive a written response.