Construction on a long-awaited sports centre is now months behind schedule due to legal issues.
The £8.5million Banchory Sports Village was approved by Aberdeenshire Council in June, but progress on the initiative has stalled.
The first bricks of the development were supposed to be laid in October, but weeks have gone by and there is still no sign of work starting.
And now, the authority has confirmed construction on the facility, which is adjacent to the Hill of Banchory Primary, will not start until next year.
There have been increasing questions about work at the site from the community, which contributed £700,000 towards the final cost.
Banchory Community Council said that it hoped work would begin as soon as possible.
Community Council chairwoman Mary Lennox said: “Our councillors are absolutely certain that everything is fine, but I think the community just wants to see it built.”
A spokesman for the local authority said: “We are working out the legal arrangements and are hoping to begin work in January.”