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Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Council officers Audrey Hendry, Iain Bell and Margaret Kahn are pictured with Stephen MacGregor from the Scottish Government, Skene School head teacher Amanda Hampton and Jackie Bird who presented the award.

Award for recruitment scheme

An innovative Aberdeenshire Council scheme which encourages people to become teachers has received a major award at a recent ceremony.

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Alex Johnstone Memorial Trophy

Alex Johnstone Memorial Trophy

In December last year, Alex Johnstone, a long serving Conservative MSP for the North East, died after a short illness.

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Mairi Gougeon and her fellow MSPs Wear it Pink at the Scottish Parliament.

MSP ‘Wears it Pink’

Mairi Gougeon, MSP for North Angus and Mearns, pulled on some eye-catching pink clothes at the Scottish Parliament recently.

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Roddy has helped to keep the boardwalk clean for the past two years.

Promenade project meeting a success

A public meeting held last week to discuss future plans for Stonehaven’s boardwalk has been described as “positive” by organisers, after more than 50 people turned out to take part in the discussion.

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A flood wall is one of the measures that the flood protection scheme will incorporate.

£16 million flood protection scheme scheduled for August 2018

A Flood Protection Scheme for Stonehaven has been legally confirmed, meaning engineers can proceed to tender for the £16million of works to be carried out in the town.

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142 houses at Carron Den refused

Councillors in Stonehaven have turned down an application to build 142 homes at Carron Den.

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North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison (Labour)

Councillors call for sanitary products to be more accessible in school

A motion requesting that sanitary and personal hygiene products be made more readily and easily available for pupils in Aberdeenshire schools has been proposed by opposition councillors.

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Aberdeenshire Concil#s headquarters, Woodhill House.

Fresh measures to improve road safety

A fresh bid to improve road safety in Aberdeenshire is to be considered by councillors.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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Liam Kerr MSP will hold a surgery in Johnshaven this Friday

MSP to host local tea party

A North East MSP is doing his bit to brew up support for a national charity by hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party during his constituency surgery.

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Aberdeenshire Concil#s headquarters, Woodhill House.

Council seeks views on future priorities

The people of Aberdeenshire are being asked for their views on a plan which could re-map the future of the area.

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MP backing for pavement parking campaign

MP backing for pavement parking campaign

Andrew Bowie MP attended a Guide Dogs event at the House of Commons to show his support for the campaign to end problem pavement parking.

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Mairi Evans MSP with 'Team Mairi' - Chris Beattie, Sandra Fraser and Ewan Smith on the summit of Arthur's Seat.

MSP joins Pillar charity challenge

Mairi Evans MSP has endorsed Pillar Kincardine’s t26.2 campaign, leading her own team of t26.2 challengers to raise funding for the Stonehaven-based mental health charity.

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North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison (Labour)

Councillor elected CoSLA President

North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison has been elected president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA).

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Dunnottar Primary School

Consultation into zoning of schools

A consultation into a re-zoning exercise for schools in Stonehaven is to be carried out from the end of this month.

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Villagers petition against more houses

Villagers petition against more houses

A petition launched last week against proposals for 123 new houses in Newtonhill has attracted more than 450 signatures.

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Stonehaven's beach pavilion

Uncertain future for beach pavilion

The future of Stonehaven’s Beach pavilion is hanging in the balance this week, as user groups remain uncertain about what will happen after Aberdeenshire Council relinquish their ownership of the facility.

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