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Councillor Colin Pike was delighted to have the Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Savage, visit his North Kincardine ward this week for a day’s fact-finding tour. Highlights of the day included a visit to the Portlethen Men’s Shed to see the progress in turning the former public toilet building into a fully kitted out workshop ready to open shortly. The team have fund raised some £70,000 to convert the building and purchase equipment in this eagerly awaited facility and now have over 60 members. Jim Savage said he was very pleased to see a former council building re-purposed and now in community use, he praised Chairman Walter McMillan (left) and Secretary George Pringle (right) for their hard work.
Colin then took Jim to see the new Hillside primary school and housing schemes. Afterwards they moved on to Cookney to see progress on the AWPR and through to Netherley to see the Lairhillock primary school, where Colin has secured developer contributions monies for a project to upgrade the school’s football pitch and playing field. They moved on down to the River Dee to see flood protection works at the Deeside Holiday Park and the new AWPR bridge crossing. At Blairs College they viewed the new housing development adjacent to the South Deeside Road and discussed the lack of progress in restoring the former College buildings.
A lunch stop at the “Tin Coo” gave owner Richard Groat an opportunity to brief Jim on the difficulties in the dairy sector and how his family has diversified into running an on-farm butchery, cheese and yoghurt making kitchen plus opening the Cafe. The business now supports some 20 staff and is a real testimony to hard work in the rural economy.
Councillor Pike said it had been an excellent working day and gave him a rare opportunity to share ideas and explore many topics with the Chief Executive which are specific to his ward.
Councillor Colin Pike welcomes Aberdeenshire Council Chief Executive Jim Savage to North Kincardine Ward