Opinions sought on business rates relief scheme

Businesses in Aberdeenshire are being asked for their opinion on how to structure a Business Rates Relief Scheme for the Region.

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Could students be ‘climbing the walls’ at Mearns Academy?

Mearns Conservative Councillor George Carr has written to Aberdeenshire Council Officers requesting that consideration is given to installing a climbing wall at Mearns Academy.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a visit to South Lanarkshire.

£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Aberdeenshire Concil#s headquarters, Woodhill House.

Council tax freeze ends with 2.5% rise

Council taxpayers in Aberdeenshire will have to fork out more for their bills for the first time in nearly a decade.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the NFUS annual general meeting.

Pledge to fight for farming industry

Scotland’s farmers have been assured that the Scottish Government will fight for the best possible deal for the industry at home and in Europe after Brexit.

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The  historic 18th century Mill of Benholm.

Councillors to consider £1.7M Mill of Benholm re-vamp plans

Councillors are expected to back plans tomorrow for a £1.7million redevelopment project for the historic Mill of Benholm.

Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotlands Place in Europe

MSPs to debate Article 50

The Scottish Parliament will have a vote on Tuesday on the triggering of Article 50 to begin the formal process of leaving the European Union

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Mairi Evans MSP and Stuart Donaldson MP met with Belvedere Hotel (Stonehaven) owners Frank and Sheila Haworth last week. L to R: Mairi Evans, Frank Haworth, Sheila Haworth and Stuart Donaldson.

MP and MSPs against business rates hike

Business owners in Stonehaven have been told that they have the support of their local MP and MSPs, following the news last week that some businesses in the town are facing a rates increase of more than 100% from April.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

ScotRail reward patient passengers with a ‘free week’

More details of a package of discounted travel for Scotland’s rail passengers have been confirmed today.

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Sheila Howarth, owner of the Belvedere Hotel in Stonehaven.

Business rates hike: “We need action”

More than 2,500 people have signed an online petition in recent days objecting to massive increases to business rates affecting companies in the North East of Scotland.

The Clydesdale bank in Stonehaven.

Bank closures appealed

The Co-Leaders of Aberdeenshire Council, Alison Evison and Richard Thomson, have written to the Clydesdale Bank to express their real disappointment about the imminent closure of the branches in Stonehaven, Aboyne, Banff, Fraserburgh and Mintlaw and to appeal for the closures to be reconsidered.

The consultation will take place at St James Church Hall from March 28-30.

Flood protection public hearing to take place in March

A public hearing to consider outstanding objections for a flood protection scheme in Stonehaven will take place in March.

Areas of Aberdeenshire were badly hit during Storm Frank last winter.

£2 million to tackle storm damage

More than £2 million will be dedicated to dealing with damage caused across Aberdeenshire by last year’s severe storms.

Sarah Dickinson

Stonehaven Resident, Sarah Dickinson, announced as Liberal Democrat candidate in Aberdeenshire Council elections

Aberdeenshire Liberal Democrats have announced that Sarah Dickinson has been selected as their candidate for the Aberdeenshire Council ward of Stonehaven and Lower Deeside in the May 2017 elections.

Local Government minister Kevin Stewart.

New law to aid community buyouts

Scottish communities will find it easier to take over land or buildings currently in public ownership due to a new law which came into force today (Monday).

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The First Minister has announced �29 million of funding to help tackle poverty.

£29 million to tackle poverty

Organisations that tackle poverty can now have access to a new £29 million funding pot set up by the Scottish Government.

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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

Press freedom in Scotland “at risk” from UK Government proposals

Proposals to regulate the press in England and Wales would “pose a potential threat to press freedom” in Scotland, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said.

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Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

Alex Johnstone has died aged 55.

Local councillor pays tribute to MSP Alex

North Scotland Conservative Convenor, Councillor George Carr, has paid tribute to North East MSP Alex Johnstone, following his death earlier this month.

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