Ellon cllr offers new year thoughts

CLLR Gillian Owen has offered her thoughts on what 2012 has in store for the town, saying that Ellon must not ‘stand back on its laurels’.

Acknowledging a difficult year for those affected by the ongoing economic downturn, Cllr Owen pointed, however, to infrastructure improvements to come in the next few years, as well as offering praise to council staff for their diligence in a time of economic stringency.

“2011 was a difficult year for many with the economic situation causing belts to be tightened, none more so than with the budget of the Council,” she told the Times. ”However, I believe we have done our best to keep the effect on frontline services to a minimum, showing that we can be a leaner and more efficient Council. I applaud all our hard working staff who continue to work hard finding more savings that ultimately help us balance the budget without detriment to our public services.”

2012 promises to be an interesting year, the elections in May focus a number of peoples minds. The planning application for the new Academy will go before Committee, the Energetica programme will continue and we are ever hopeful that the dualling from Balmedie to Tipperty will be started as a prelude to the AWPR,”

Cllr Owen also appealed to local residents to give her feedback on what they wanted from their town.

“To survive, we have to encourage new business into the area and that means providing new facilities for residents,” she said. “Over the past few months, I have been delivering a survey, trying to establish what the residents would like to see here in Ellon. “I am a firm believer that it should be up to residents to decide what they would like to see here.”