Calls grow for Ellon garage site clear-up

The derelict former filling station in Ellon's South Road.
The derelict former filling station in Ellon's South Road.

Community leaders have stepped up their call for the clear-up of a disused petrol station in Ellon.

At their monthly meeting on Monday night, community councilllors discussed their concerns over the environmental health issues relating to the derelict Craighall site.

All the reports produced are based on a false assumption

Sandy McDougall Ellon Community Council Chairman

Council members were informed by a member of the public that there have been sightings of vermin in and around the land.

The concerns over safety due to the abandoned and rusting items left on the land were also raised by members.

The overgrown filling station, located on the town’s South Road, is currently owned by Regency Oils who ceased trading at the site in 2011. Revised plans have been lodged for a development of flats.

Community council chairman Sandy McDougall said they had received no response from the company, but the members plan to continue in their efforts to ensure the site will be cleaned up.

The meeting also discussed Aberdeenshire Council’s ongoing plans to create a halting site for travellers on Ellon’s Golf Road.

Members recently discovered that the land is not owned by the council and that it would have to be leased from the owner in order to be used as a halting site.

Mr McDougall said: “All the reports produced are based on a false assumption.

“All the councillors were well aware of the site last year and did not disclose what they were planning
to do.

“I cannot accept that we have got councillors who are acting against the wishes of the community.”

Ellon and District Councillor Isobel Davidson previously gave her support to investigate the land on Golf Road as a possible halting site.

Councillor Davidson said: “Travellers want access to the services that we all have and therefore they need to be close to
town.

“It does significantly change the proposal now that we have found out it is not council land.

“I am very disappointed that that is not true.”