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 Council Area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Aberdeenshire is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland.


It takes its name from the old County of Aberdeen which had substantially different boundaries. Modern Aberdeenshire includes all of what was once Kincardineshire, as well as part of Banffshire. The old boundaries are still officially used for a few purposes, namely land registration and lieutenancy.


Aberdeenshire Council is headquartered at Woodhill House, in Aberdeen, making it the only Scottish council whose headquarters are based outwith its jurisdiction, as Aberdeen itself forms a different council area (Aberdeen City). Aberdeenshire borders Angus and Perth and Kinross to the south, and Highland and Moray to the west.


Traditionally, it has been economically dependent upon the primary sector (agriculture, fishing, and forestry) and related processing industries. Over the last 40 years, the development of the oil and gas industry and associated service sector has broadened Aberdeenshire's economic base, and contributed to a rapid population growth of some 50% since 1975, while the land covered represents 8% of Scotland's overall territory. It covers an area of 6,313 square kilometres (2,437 sq mi).

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Low's Traditional fish and chips in Westhill Shopping Centre has been awarded the coveted blue fish ecolabel by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This means that they can assure customers that all their cod and haddock can be traced back to a sustainable source. Owner of Low's, David Low, ...
Aberdeenshire Council has scrapped plans to move its headquarters from Aberdeen to a new building in Inverurie. Aberdeenshire is the only local authority authority in Scotland to have its headquarters outside its boundary. Last January, councillors agreed to move forward with plans to relocate the ...

As their time at secondary school draws to an end, many sixth year pupils are turning their thoughts to their future careers. That prospect may be daunting for some pupils – but not for Gemma Banister, as the Stonehaven teenager knows exactly what she wants to do and why. Gemma is planning to study ...
Aberdeenshire Council's retiring education boss yesterday insisted that teachers have a “zero tolerance approach” to violence at schools across the region. And Maria Walker moved to reassure parents that appropriate measures would be taken against youngsters threatening other children at school.
An exhibition detailing the history of the RAF's past in Aberdeenshire officially opened yesterday. The air force celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, the local authority's museum service has created unique displays to tell the untold stories of pilots who called the north-east ...
Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford has survived a leadership challenge in the authority's Conservative group, BBC Scotland has learned. Mr Gifford - who represents Mid Formartine - was challenged by North Kincardine member Colin Pike. It came during the Conservative group's annual general ...

Aberdeenshire Council could scrap plans to move its headquarters from Aberdeen to a new building in Inverurie. Aberdeenshire is the only local authority authority in Scotland to have its headquarters outside its boundary. Last January, councillors agreed to move forward with plans to relocate the ...
Located on the banks of the River Dee in Royal Deeside, Ballater is a Victorian burgh famous for being the closest town to the Royal Family's summer residence, Balmoral Castle. A multitude of cultural events take place every year. Victoria Week, held every August, is a popular nine-day gala festival that ...
A Porsche was left impaled by another car's front bumper following a two-car crash yesterday. Police were called to the scene of the smash on the A90 Aberdeen to Ellon road, close to the B&Q roundabout, shortly after 4pm. Although the driver's door of the sports car was left mangled, the driver himself did ...
A Porsche was left impaled by another car's front bumper following a two-car crash yesterday. Police were called to the scene of the smash on the A90 Aberdeen to Ellon road, close to the B&Q roundabout, shortly after 4pm. Although the driver's door of the sports car was left mangled, the driver himself did ...
Police have confirmed that after the the road is now fully re opened and is cleared of debris. The area will continue to be monitored but police have said it is not currently causing a danger to the public. Aberdeenshire Council engineers will re-assess the road in the coming weeks for repair and permanent ...
The incident, which involved a large mound of grass in the centre of the road, was discovered on the B9031 at The Bend in Pennan. Fire services are attending the scene with two fire engines and are making the area safe. A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue ...
A nine-year-old boy has been charged after reports of a knife being taken into an Aberdeenshire school. Police Scotland said officers were called to the school, which is not being named but is in the north Aberdeenshire area, on Monday. Insp Kevin Goldie said: "Police received a report of an incident of a ...
One of the largest wildcats ever recorded in the world is said to have been discovered by field workers in Aberdeenshire's Clashindarroch Forest. Nicknamed the Clashindarroch Beast, it was captured on camera and is estimated to be 4ft (1.2m) from nose to tail. The footage was gathered as part of a ...
When Jennifer and Robin Fish were first on the hunt for a property they knew they were after a country escape. Living and working in Aberdeen, the pair were desperate to see more of the countryside, so when number 55 Hillview Road, Auchenblae caught their attention 12 years ago they found it was the ...
The arrest of two drivers caught behind the wheel while more than seven times the drink-drive limit has prompted a fresh warning from police. Both motorists were stopped by officers in Aberdeenshire this week during rush-hour traffic. In the first incident on Wednesday, a 49-year-old man was pulled over on ...
DOG owners are being warned over suspicious white rocks that have washed up on an Aberdeenshire beach believed to be PALM OIL which can be fatal to pets. Coastguard teams swooped in on the beach near Sandhaven earlier this week after an alert was raised and have since issued a warning.

More than 70% of drivers in Aberdeenshire who challenged parking tickets issued by the council saw them overturned. The region had the highest rate of successful appeals in Scotland, overturning 70% of challenged fines. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that between ...
A landslip-damaged slope above an Aberdeenshire coastal village is being monitored after recent rain caused a temporary retaining wall to collapse. ... Yesterday the Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued seven flood alerts warnings for Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, Dundee and Angus, ...
An Aberdeenshire mum could only watch in horror as her five-year-old son's lips blistered and face grew red seconds after taking his first taste of peanut butter. James Dempster says he felt his tongue become “fat” as he struggled to breathe after swallowing the snack. His mum, Alison Dempster, learned on ...
Police have issued an appeal for information following a crash between a car and a van on an Aberdeenshire road. The collision took place on the B9077 South Deeside Road near Kirkton of Blairs at about 3.30pm on Friday. Officers are looking for any witnesses, in particular any cyclists who may have ...
Both companies operated from offices at Main Street, Alford, Aberdeenshire with Alan Grant Grampian being involved in the construction of new homes, primarily for private individuals while ACG Contracts delivered civil engineering services to commercial, private and public sector organisations including ...
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 8.14pm yesterday to reports of a dwelling fire at a farm near Banchory, Aberdeenshire. “Operations control mobilised a number of resources to the scene, where firefighters tackled a large fire.
Meanwhile, Lawrence of Kemnay in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire is a new addition to the SsangYong family and will act as some friendly competition for the already well-established Frasers. Andrew Dickson, director and dealer principal of Frasers, commented: 'The decision was an easy one to make.
A list of the most popular baby names for children born in the North-east has been released today. Oliver is the most popular name for a boy in Aberdeen and Jack came out top in Aberdeenshire. Sophie came out on top for girls in Aberdeen and Isla was the most popular name in Aberdeenshire.
There will be glitter galore as Aberdeenshire's answer to a TV dancing show takes place tonight. The Strictly Come Prancing competition will take place at the Ardoe House Hotel, with all profits going to the Banchory-based Forget Me Not Club. It provides support and activities for people living with dementia ...
A family-owned Aberdeenshire hotel which is just months away from reopening after seven years of closure has been targeted in a “disturbing” petrol bomb attack. The owners of the Station Hotel in Insch, formerly the Carriages Hotel, have offered a cash reward for information after they discovered a ...


 

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