Councillor spells out her hopes for New Year

Gillian Owen wishes the community a happy New Year
Gillian Owen wishes the community a happy New Year

An Ellon councillor has outlined her hopes and aspirations in a New Year message.

Gillian Owen expects 2014 to see progress on the A90 dualling from Balmedie to Tipperty, although she wants the project extended through to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

The Conservative councillor also believes the time is fast approaching when people will have to consider what will replace the Ellon Academy site.

She said: “Many of you have indicated you would welcome the development of a new doctors’ surgery on this site and there is no doubt that with a growing elderly community perhaps we should look to having more sheltered accommodation close to the town centre.

“Many of you are keen on more retail outlets in Ellon and I believe that we should also look at the leisure side particularly to allow families and teenagers the opportunity to enjoy activities locally. 

“Please let me know if you have any further thoughts on this or any matter.”

Mrs Owen looked back on 2013 as a busy year for her, not least as chair of the council’s scrutiny and audit committee.

She said: “We have completed a busy year reviewing the council’s finances and budgeting process as well as specific investigations. We are now seeking topics for the investigation cycle in 2014.”

The councillor also highlighted problems in Ellon with the travelling community, which had been tackled in a number of areas.

She said: “I am all for live and let live but that goes for all not just certain sections of the community, we must all respect our surroundings and our laws.

“I do hope we can find and agree locally where a transit site can go to stop this blight once and for all.”

A major development in 2013 was the start of construction of the new academy at Cromleybank, although Mrs Owens warned against the campus becoming ‘an island in the middle of nowhere’.

She added: “A number of worried residents are concerned how far the campus is out of the town and I have shared these concerns and will continue to make representations regarding safe routes to schools and proper bus services for our children.”