Community asked for views

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Mearns residents are being invited to voice their views on what a grant of £1.2 million pounds could be spent on in the area.

Aberdeenshire Council is currently loking for approval from Councillors to get a proposed £1.2 million from the European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 resource. The fund would be used for sustainable development in Aberdeenshire fisheries communities.

At the Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) on August 18, councillors will be asked to commit the council to securing public-sector match-funding, identifying and recruiting appropriate candidates to sit on the Fisheries Local Action Group, providing the chairman and bearing some of the set-up and administrative costs.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “We really need folk from local fisheries communities to attend and engage at the meetings, to help identify which programme priorities are appropriate for their area.

“Their views will then be incorporated into the strategy, which will define which types of projects are most likely to be supported when it launches towards the end of this year.”

A public meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th August at 6.30pm in the Invercarron Resource Centre in Stonehaven.