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Volunteers needed for beach toilets

One year on from teaming up to keep Stonehaven’s beach toilets open, the owners of two of Stonehaven’s most successful businesses are hoping to continue their success - but they are looking for some volunteers to lend a hand.

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Jeff Hutchison and George Carr

Second Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate announced for Mearns

Stonehaven resident Jeff Hutchison has been selected as the second Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for the Mearns ward for the local government elections in May.

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Plans for Hogmanay concert backed

Plans for Hogmanay concert backed

Plans to hold a commercially run ticketed event in Stonehaven’s Market Square on Hogmanay have been backed by councillors - despite three of the four local councillors objecting to the proposals.

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Mains of Cowie site

Mains of Cowie appeal rejected

Scottish Ministers have upheld a 2016 decision by Aberdeenshire councillors to turn down an application for a mixed-use development at Mains of Cowie in Stonehaven, including 250 houses, a school and a supermarket.

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Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

Invitation for views on social security

People across Scotland are being asked for their views to help shape the country’s new social security system.

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International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

Match funding for donations to East Africa aid appeal

The UK Government has pledged to match pound for pound the first £5 million of public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s new East Africa Crisis Appeal.

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Raymond Christie, Alison Evison and Patrick Coffield

Scottish Labour Candidates announced

The Scottish Labour team for the local government elections in Kincardine and Mearns has been announced.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish people must be given a choice.

First Minister to seek second independence referendum

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she will seek permission for a second referendum on Scottish Independence.

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Left: Dennis Robertson with outgoing SNP Councillor Graeme Clark. Right: Leigh Wilson.

Local prospective SNP candidates announced

The Stonehaven and Mearns branch of the SNP have nominated their prospective candidates to contest the Mearns as well as the Stonehaven and Lower Deeside wards at the council election in May.

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Third of North-east families suffering from fuel poverty

Third of North-east families suffering from fuel poverty

The Scottish Government has admitted its failure to meet fuel poverty targets set for the end of 2016 as figures show that around a third on households still struggle to pay their heating bills, according to a North-east MSP.

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No event was held at the Market Square on Hogmanay last year.

Hogmanay concert plans up in the air

Plans for a ticketed Hogmanay concert at Stonehaven’s Market Square this year are up in the air after councillors decided to defer a decision on whether the event should go ahead.

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No event was held at the Market Square on Hogmanay last year.

Plans for Hogmanay music event in Stonehaven mooted

Councillors are set to consider a request to hold a commercially run ticketed music event in Stonehaven’s town square car park this Hogmanay.

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MSP urges Brexit negotiators not to abandon local communities over EU funding

MSP urges Brexit negotiators not to abandon local communities over EU funding

Mairi Evans MSP has urged the Brexit negotiators not to abandon their communities when the plug is pulled on their European Union funding.

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The council tax increase will mean more than �28 to a Band D property

Opinions sought on business rates relief scheme

Businesses in Aberdeenshire are being asked for their opinion on how to structure a Business Rates Relief Scheme for the Region.

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Could students be ‘climbing the walls’ at Mearns Academy?

Mearns Conservative Councillor George Carr has written to Aberdeenshire Council Officers requesting that consideration is given to installing a climbing wall at Mearns Academy.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a visit to South Lanarkshire.

£10 million pounds for organisations to tackle climate change

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 100 organisations across Scotland are to benefit from £10 million of funding to support local action to tackle climate change.

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Aberdeenshire Council

Council agrees its budget for year ahead

Aberdeenshire Council has agreed its budget for 2017/18 which will see support for local services worth £546 million.

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Aberdeenshire Concil#s headquarters, Woodhill House.

Council tax freeze ends with 2.5% rise

Council taxpayers in Aberdeenshire will have to fork out more for their bills for the first time in nearly a decade.

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Mairi Evans MSP addresses Scottish Women's Aid

MSP backs Scottish Women’s Aid

The MSP for Angus North has pledged her support to the Scottish Women’s Aid as the charity celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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