The future of the disused land at Laurencekirk Primary School remains unclear.
Mearns Community Council were told by official Ronald Davidson that the land was acquired at the same time as the land for the school for future sale as housing plots.
At that time drainage capacity proved a problem.
He considered there would still be drainage constraints, but the local authority still has aspirations to see the land used for housing.
Community Council chairman Jim Stuart called for the land to be sold off as individual sites to help kick-start the local economy.
“There is no housebuilding happening in Laurencekirk just now and this site should not be sold off to a big developer.”
Mr Stuart commented on a “rumour” that the business centre at the old mart was to close and he asked where the current tenants were to go.
None of the councillors present or any of the other members had heard this rumour and it was noted that just last week, the area committee had refused the change of industrial land at Reekie House into housing.
Alan Mowat said that decision sent a signal that the council wanted industrial land retained.