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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 ...
A DAD-TO-BE who died in a horror crash between a bus and car in Aberdeenshire has been named as Nathan Thomas Gunn. The 30-year-old, of Aboyne, had been travelling in his red Vauxhall Astra when it collided with a Stagecoach bus on the A93 Ballater to Braemare road on Friday evening.
Police cars at the scene of the crash on the A93 between Ballater and Crathie. Picture by Chris Sumner. Sign up to our Daily newsletter. Subscribe todaySubscribe today from 99p Subscribe today from 99p. A man has died after a serious crash between a car and a bus in Aberdeenshire. The accident ...
A man is fighting for his life after his motorcycle collided with a tractor. The 50-year-old was airlifted to hospital after the crash on the A947 between Oldmeldrum and Fyvie in Aberdeenshire. It happened at about 10:35 on Saturday. A Police Scotland spokesman said: "A male motorcyclist has sustained, ...
A leading charity has announced it is opening a cancer support centre in north Aberdeenshire next month. Clan has signed a lease to set up the facility within the Crimond Medical and Community Hub. From March 6, it will offer free drop-in sessions offering advice and information to anyone affected by ...
Calls were made yesterday to ensure pupils facing fee hikes for music lessons could still learn to play instruments at school. Provisions for tuition were cut as part of the council's £550million budget proposals at a meeting on Thursday. It is not yet clear how the cuts will affect lessons but councillors fear ...
Police are attending a collision with a lorry and a car that is obstructing an Aberdeenshire road near Potterton. The vehicles collided outside Longdrum, on the B999 and B977 junction around 7.38am this morning. Police are currently at the scene, there are no injuries. A spokeswoman said: “A truck and a ...
Murder trial shown photos of blood-spattered scene at Aberdeenshire cottage. Steven Sidebottom denies murdering and robbing 67-year-old ... Forensics expert Julie Goodeve was called to Brian's home in Badenscoth, Aberdeenshire. The court heard how firefighters had to smash their way through the ...
An Aberdeenshire trio who met each other at a multiple sclerosis treatment centre hope their journey to Mexico for ground-breaking treatment will aid the fight against the disease. Fraserburgh man Scott McKenzie, Turriff woman Lesley McDonald, and Kemnay nurse Evelyn Watt plan to travel to South ...
Aberdeenshire councillors agreed on a £550million annual budget yesterday after agreeing cuts in a “least-worst” scenario which will increase bills across the board for a second year. The Liberal Democrat-Conservative alliance administration was faced with making savings of £20million – blaming an ...
About 20 firefighters are in attendance at the timber-framed building on Oaktree Avenue in Banchory, after the alarm was raised at 7.36am today. It is thought that the fire broke out in the roof of the two-storey property. A spokesman for the fire service confirmed that the blaze “does seem well-developed”, ...
A meeting is currently under way to agree Aberdeenshire Council's budget for the next year. Budget proposals have been put forward by the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Aligned Independent administration and by the opposition which is made up of SNP, Labour and independent councillors.
Councillors in Aberdeenshire will vote next week on whether to raise council tax across all bands by 3%. The finance settlement from the Scottish Government, which was announced in December, saw Aberdeenshire Council given a revenue budget allocation of £403.767 million, or £2.219m below the ...
A drunk thug claimed he was an “FBI agent” and repeatedly tried to attack a family while accusing them of being “rapists and murderers”. Daniel Whyte admitted targeting the Mackies while they were enjoying a meal in the Gordon Arms, Huntly, on January 4. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police ...
A move to soften the blow of fast-rising burial charges has been rejected – with one councillor arguing it was unnecessary because people “only die once”. Aberdeenshire's infrastructure services committee yesterday approved a 25% increase in the fee – up £195 to £978 – over the next two years.
Police investigating the alleged theft of heating oil from an Aberdeenshire school have said no crime was committed. Methlick School had to close on 10 January and the fuel tank incident was being investigated. Police Scotland said enquiries had concluded and it had been established that no crime was ...
A veteran businessman has branded a north-east council “out of touch” after it revealed it was considering abolishing free parking in town centres. Aberdeenshire Council is considering reviewing its parking policy at more than a dozen car parks in towns including Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Turriff, Ellon, ...
River levels across the region are expected to remain high tonight and into tomorrow as a result of melting and recent heavy rain. Some areas may see some rivers bursting their banks and increased surface water on roads. Low-lying land and roads, as well as area around the lower River Dee, are at ...
FIVE crooks have been snared for drugs offences after cops retrieved over £200,000 with of cannabis and cocaine in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Anthony Shrimpton, 39, John Campbell, 49, Lee Shrimpton, 37, Harald Reid, 25, and Elliot Edwards, 22, have been sentenced in the High Court of Glasgow.
Free parking rolled out across Aberdeenshire to entice people to visit their local high street could be scrapped. Cash-strapped Aberdeenshire Council wants to review its parking policy at more than a dozen car parks in towns including Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Turriff, Ellon, Inverurie and Banchory. Currently ...
Global online travel company Expedia has voiced its desire to promote more tourism businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to further strengthen the north-east of Scotland as a top international visitor destination. Speaking at a VisitAberdeenshire's business to business networking event, more than 50 ...
An Aberdeenshire group who hope to win the Press and Journal's minibus competition said it would help them to take their youngsters on trips across the north-east. Methlick Scout Group are one of the many community organisations in the running to secure a brand new 17-seater Ford Transit from AM ...
Police were called to an Aberdeenshire road tonight after a head-on crash between two cars. The vehicles came into collision on the B9170 route between Oldmeldrum and Inverurie, near Hoodles Playbarn – a popular activity centre for children near Barra Castle. The incident took place at 7pm and the ...
Three people are expected to appear in court in connection with an incident where a firearm was allegedly discharged in a North-east town. Two men, aged 38 and 29 and one woman aged 40 were arrested after an incident at a property on Gray Street in Fraserburgh. Police had launched a probe into a ...


 

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