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North East MSP retirement lunch

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East enjoyed a retirement lunch at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen on (Friday 11thMarch). The Aberdeen MSP announced that she will stand down as an MSP at the next Scottish Parliament election in May 2016. Nanette was elected to serve as an MSP for North East Scotland in 2003 and again at the 2007 and 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.

Local views sought on Fettercairn Arch road layout

Mearns Cllr George Carr has requested that Roads Officers consult locals and review the traffic layout at Fettercairn Arch.Following repeated concerns being expressed by residents to Cllrs and Officers from far and wide, a meeting was held with local Councillors to consider  options.Cllr Carr explained "the original work to the road layout at Fettercairn Arch was never considered by Councillors but was implemented by Roads Officers in an attempt to protect the historic structure. Unfortunately, since this work took place many cars have been damaged,  and last summer more than one caravan got stuck which took several hours to jack up and release.

Alexander Burnett calls for action on CAP payments to farmers

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Aberdeenshire West has called for urgent action to address ongoing delays to essential farm payments.

Alexander Burnett said rural businesses are being starved of vital funds at a time when many are still recovering from the impact of recent severe flooding.

Mr Burnett, a local businessman, has also lent his support to those taking part in a rally at Holyrood on Thursday, March 10. 

Community views must be at the heart of Aberdeenshire pylons planning

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East and Alexander Burnett, Scottish Conservative MSP candidate for Aberdeenshire West met with SSE planning officials to discuss the proposals by SSE new pylons between Beauly – Blackhillock – Kintore.

Cllr Ross Thomson welcomes Murdo Fraser MSP's calls for a review of Aberdeen’s Funding Settlement

Scottish Conservative Finance Spokesman, Murdo Fraser MSP, has challenged Finance Secretary, John Swinney, to review the funding settlement to Aberdeen City Council.Mr Fraser, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, made the call during the Local Government Finance Order debate at Holyrood.Aberdeen City Council received a cut of more than a £10 million to its revenue funding from Scottish Government and identified £26 million of savings in its budget set last week. Aberdeen City is the lowest funded local authority in Scotland.This disadvantage was raised by Mr Fraser during the Holyrood debate as part of his call for the Scottish Government to look again at the funding allocation settlement to councils.This intervention from a senior MSP at Holyrood has been welcomed locally by Councillor Ross Thomson, Vice-Convenor of the Finance, Policy and Resources Committee at Aberdeen City Council and candidate for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine at the Holyrood elections in May.

Catterline takes a stand against nature!

Local Mearns Cllr George Carr has congratulated Catterline residents who have come together following severe land slips during the wet winter of 2012.The sea cliffs in front of North Row in the village suffered a worrying slip which came perilously close to the road in front of their houses. This was actually the latest land  slip,  which also blocked their road to the beach for several months.Following extensive consideration of engineering solutions and costings, it became abundantly clear that a conventional solution would be extremely expensive.

SNP reform of Council Tax will hit hard working North East families

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has challenged the SNP Scottish Government on the potential impact of Council Tax reforms.   Under proposals outlined in the Commission on Local Tax Reform changes to the banding system such as the introduction of two new top-rate bands would see Council Tax in Aberdeen increase from £2,461 a year to around £3,960.   

Councillor Calls For Ministerial Action on AWPR Concerns

Conservative group leader on Aberdeen City Council, Councillor Ross Thomson, has written to Transport Minister Derek Mackay on behalf of communities in both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire who are being impacted by the construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).In his letter Cllr Thomson has raised a number of important and on-going residents’ concerns which are simply not being addressed due to the complex nature in which the project has been set up leaving confusion and frustration within the community. Concerns highlighted in the letter include:·         Heavy construction traffic on local single track roads and no provision made in advance for this.·         Resulting damage to the road surface, verges and drains.·         Construction traffic not adhering to “no construction traffic” signage and speed limits.·         Water constantly running across local roads at construction sites.·         Visible discolouration/pollution of local water courses and the River Dee.·         7 day working hours and lack of consultation with the community.·         Lack of engagement to announce road closures, traffic management and diversions.·         Resulting litter and respect from the workforce on site.