Setback for Auld Brig lighting plans

Ellon Community Council have expressed their disappointment over recent developments regarding plans to light up the Auld Brig.

At a meeting held this week, the community council revealed that Aberdeenshire Council are planning not to contribute towards the proposal.

Community Council chairman, Sandy McDougall said: “We have been working with Aberdeenshire Council to develop a proposal that may see the Auld Brig illuminated during the hours of darkness.

“We think that this would enhance the town centre but we are very disappointed to hear that the council will not now contribute to the initiative.

If the initiative does go ahead it will be up the community to fund it.

The community council will now estimate the costs involved with the proposal before consulting widely and then deciding whether to progress further with the plans.

Sandy added: “Councillors continue to be supportive of the initiative and have agreed to engage with Council officials to see if sources, such as planning gain monies that remain from the Tesco development that should be used to enhance the town centre could be used as a source of funding.”

The meeting also saw Police Scotland emphasize the need for residents to take action to stop future thefts from properties. Police urge anyone to report any suspicious vehicles or people that you see in the area.

The community council shall attend a meeting by Aberdeenshire Council next Thursday, April 3 at 7pm in Auchterellon School surrounding safer routes for pupils accessing the new academy in Auchterellon and Meiklemill Sandy said: “This will provide an opportunity to discuss routes to school and address any concerns raised by parents whose children will attend the new academy when it opens in 2015.

The meeting is not open to parents/guardians so the community council are encouraging residents to contact them on with any issues that they would like raised.