A view from the Bridge

WARM tributes have been paid this week across the policial divide following the death of MSP Brian Adam. And deservedly so.

In the cut and thrust of politics it is easy to overlook the achievements of individuals - but no one should underestimate what the Aberdeen Donside representative meant to his party.

Glowing praise from First Minister Alex Salmond, who credited him with holding the minority governmnent together as chief whip - and helping to deliver an independence referendum in the party’s second term.

But Mr Adam also excelled as a local politician serving Aberdeen with distinction for 25 years - something which I can personally vouch for.

I recall an enthusiastic political hopeful knocking on doors in Bucksburn in the late 1980s promising to deliver on a raft of local issues if he was elected.

Well, Mr Adam was indeed elected and kept his pledge of addressing constituents’ concerns and complaints. A fine example of a good local councillor who was always approachable and had time to listen to your moans and groans but, more importantly, did something about it.

And he maintained that approach when he was elected to Holyrood in 1999 never losing sight of what mattered to the North-east and Aberdeen, in particular.

Alex Salmond described him as an outstanding politician and a fine human being - fitting words for a man who was held in high regard across the political spectrum.

In other news, Ellon was given a boost with Aldi receiving the go-ahead to build a new store in the town.

The discount chain will redevelop the former Haldanes site, which has lain empty for two years.

The company plan to start work later this year, with completion expected next summer.

It’s good to see new life being breathed into a derelict site in the town at last.