Road repairs for Industrial Estate

Councillor Gillian Owen at the Balmacassie Industrial Estate
Councillor Gillian Owen at the Balmacassie Industrial Estate

Motorists using the Balmacassie Industrial Estate in Ellon could soon see much-needed repairs carried out on the road.

For many years now the state of the infrastructure there has been the subject of many exchanges between Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen and Aberdeenshire Council.

Cllr Owen explained: “The estate has been a cause for concern and back in March I contacted Property to ask as a matter of urgency that the potholes outside the Recycling Centre should be filled.

“I’m totally dismayed to see that nothing has happened. The potholes are now craters and I have been contacted by a number of residents complaining that their vehicles having sustained damaged because of the holes.

“In April I met with Kevin Milne from Lawrence Milne, Colin Clark MP and a member of the council’s property team.

“We were all really pleased with the outcome which was to divide the Estate into two and look to carrying out the necessary works from the Tesco mini roundabout to the junction where Lawrence Milne is situated.

“However, a few months on and nothing has happened, and the state of the road is much worse.”

She added: “Last week I spoke with Allan Whyte, head of property and drew to his attention the deterioration of the road.

“We are currently now in the summer months when the recycling centre is used extensively by those getting rid of garden waste and it is imperative that we act otherwise vehicles will incur damage.

“Our tenants on the estate have suffered with terrible infrastructure for too long and action needs to be taken and urgently.

“Visitors to BrewDog must walk through the estate, and it looks like a disaster area - how does this encourage people to come back?

“It is time to spruce this estate up and fix the potholes so that customers walking through the estate have a better experience.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We are currently in the process of formally adopting the road in question, however the road surface must, first, be brought up to certain standard.

“There is work due in the near future to do this and in the meantime we will be carrying out temporary repairs.”