Councillors agree new strategy

A new Regional Economic Strategy developed to help secure the north east of Scotland’s economic future has been agreed by local councillors.

Aberdeenshire councillors approved the strategy at a special meeting of the Full Council last week.

It provides a long-term plan for the economic development of the north east to 2035.

Members voted 58-2 in favour, defeating a motion from Paul Johnston (Mid Formartine) and Martin Ford (East Garioch) which sought to move some of its focus away from the oil and gas industry, making use of the existing expertise to develop the renewable energy sector.

The Regional Economic Strategy is focused on four themes matching the priorities in the Scotland’s economic strategy: Innovation, Internationalisation, Infrastructure and Inclusivity.

It is designed to be a high-level document which sets out key sectors and strategic investment priorities for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen as a whole.

This approach reflects the region’s competitive advantage and also the sectors’ consistently high performance and contribution to the Scottish and UK economies.