A councillor has welcomed progress on providing a public sewerage system for Foveran.
Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson has been repeatedly seeking reassurances from Scottish Water that the village would still be included in the 2015-2021 regulatory plan period.
The councillor said: “I recently wrote to the chief executive of Scottish Water seeking confirmation that it was still scheduled for delivery within that plan period.
“I was very pleased to receive his assurance that it would be delivered within the 2015-2021 regulatory period and that, in view of the urgency placed on the project, it was indicated that the likely start date would be in late 2017/early 2018.
“While I am disappointed that this has taken so long to achieve, I am pleased that an end to this problem is at last in sight.”
In the light of recent flooding incidents at Foveran, the SNP councillor also wrote to the Chief Executive of encvironment agency SEPA to express his concerns over reports that sewage had been washed out of private septic tanks in the area, and had added to the health hazard created by such events.
Local councillor and council co-leader Councillor Richard Thomson added: “Foveran is a village which is set to expand quite significantly over the next few years. With much of the village relying on private sewerage arrangements, the sooner residents have the opportunity to connect to the public system the better.
“I am delighted that Foveran residents will at last have the opportunity of connecting to a public sewerage system within the foreseeable future.”