A popular Highland Games has had an application to extend its entertainment licence approved.
The Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain is looking to hold a funfair at the Aboyne Highland Games later this year and had applied to alter its licence.
Councillors at the Marr area committee meeting yesterday unanimously gave the proposals the go-ahead. It means the funfair will be able to operate until 11.30pm on the weekend of August 3-4.
Committee members had three options, including granting the proposal, giving the go-ahead to restricted hours of operation or refusing the firm’s request.
Councillor Peter Argyle, who represents the Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside ward, told the Evening Express: “The councillors on the committee including myself had no problems and it was passed unanimously.”
Ritchie Johnson, director of business services at Aberdeenshire Council, told councillors in a report that the extension of hours from 10pm should be approved.
Meanwhile, at the Banff and Buchan area committee, councillors approved a bid by a charity to take over a former council building.
Friends of People First Fraserburgh will take over ownership of 51 Mid Street through a community asset transfer.
Formerly occupied by staff from housing at Aberdeenshire Council, it has been given to the charity, which helps provide support for people with learning difficulties, for a nominal fee of £1.
Also before the committee were plans for a campsite between Turriff and Aberchirder.
A motion to approve the application for five yurts was passed after a vote.
However, as the proposal is against planning policy, it has been referred to the infrastructure services committee (ISC).
This means the ISC could overturn the decision made by the area committee yesterday.
Councillors deferred the decision last month for a site visit.
As well as the five yurts, the proposals also included designs for a portable toilet and the construction of a reception building.
Five letters of objection and five supporting the application were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council.