Lights switch-on turnout praised at community council

MEMBERS of Ellon Community Council held their last meeting of the year on Tuesday, with the town’s citizens thanked for a good turnout at the Christmas Lights Switch on.

The community policing report was received from PC Alun Harries, who reported a number of crimes in and around Ellon. Two youth assaults outside Ellon Academy were detected, as was an indecent assault on a bus earlier this year. Furthermore, six drivers had been discovered in the Ellon area driving without insurance, and two with no tax. There continues to be a problem with speeding on the A90, with police teams clocking vehicles travelling at in excess of 100mph.

Councillors then discussed the issue of banners being hung from railings at the town’s bridge. They concluded that while the community council could endorse charity events and birthdays - provided the banners were removed in a timely fashion - they could not endorse commercial advertising.

In other news, the body discussed proposals to erect flats at the former Haldanes site on Ythan Terrace. Members suggested that the site should continue to utilise the retail space available in the hope of attracting a national retailer to Ellon.

Lastly, a good turnout was reported for the Christmas lights switch on, with Liz Troup reporting that compliments were received on the quality of the fireworks.

Chairwoman Moira Muir concluded: “It’s been a hard year, but we’ve weathered the storm.”

She concluded by wishing members a Merry Christmas.