A council has launched a process to find a builder for Aberdeenshire’s first official site for Travellers.
The £250,000 scheme was approved by Aberdeenshire Council in March and it has now issued an open call for firms to bid for the contract.
A disused quarry near Old Deer has been chosen as the location for a 10-pitch caravan site with room for 20 vehicles in all.
The Aikey Brae development will also include toilet and washing facilities.
Applications are being accepted through the Public Contracts Scotland website.
A third of councillors voted against the proposal and some locals hope to hold up the development with a legal challenge.
But Old Deer Community Association and Aikey Action Group have only raised £920 of the £5,000 they want to lodge their challenge.
Travellers will be able to stay at the site for up to 28 days at a time and the camp will be managed by a council liaison officer.
Children at the camp will be zoned for Maud School but could also be taught by a visiting teacher.