Aberdeenshire Council office could be built on site of former academy

The former Ellon Academy site.

Proposals to move a council HQ out of Aberdeen could benefit one of the North-east’s biggest towns, according to a councillor.

A new Aberdeenshire Council Ellon area office may be built on the site of the town’s former academy.

This would mean the council’s office buildings – currently scattered around Ellon and deemed not fit for purpose – would be left vacant and made available for businesses to take on.

The move would form part of the council’s proposed £40 million transition from its Woodhill House HQ to Harlaw Park in Inverurie.

The proposals were discussed in January by the council’s business services committee.

SNP member Richard Thomson said: “If plans to consolidate the council’s activities in Ellon on one site are given the go-ahead, that could free up some of the properties we currently occupy for other uses.”