Appeal to tidy up “eyesores”

Councillor Gillian Owen outside The Ythan Centre
Councillor Gillian Owen outside The Ythan Centre

Two Ellon councillors have spoken out on eyesores across the town.

Cllr Gillian Owen said: “The Ythan Centre which has lain empty for the last couple of years needs to look kempt and cared for and this, right in the centre of town, makes matters worse. I have asked officers to see if they can get rid of the weeds.

Overgrown weeds at the Castleton stairs

Overgrown weeds at the Castleton stairs

“The stairs coming down from the Castleton development are again in a shoddy state. This is a vital link with the town for those residents and it is important that they are accessible and those using them are not fighting the long grass and huge weeds, and the green which was opposite the entrance to the old Academy is totally overgrown.

“I know only too well that the budgets for landscaping are extremely tight but leaving the weeds and grass to grow this long is such a mistake.”

Commenting, Aberdeenshire Council’s roads and landscape services manager for Formartine, Philip Leiper, said: “Areas around the old school which we can safely gain access to are being tidied up this week, we have already dealt with the weeds around the Ythan Centre and will be recommencing maintenance of the stairs leading into the woodland now it has been opened up again to the public.”

Meanwhile Cllr Anouk Kloppert has urged residents to clean up their litter after a photo posted on Facebook showed rubbish strewn across woodland behind the former Ellon Academy site.

She said: “Best thing is just to clear it away and take it home to protect other people and wildlife in the woods.

“Also, glass left poses a fire risk with the hot weather.”