A petition has been created to try to overturn a decision not to bring local authority jobs to a north-east town.
Aberdeenshire councillors recently voted 43 to 26 to scrap plans to move council headquarters from Woodhill House in Aberdeen to Inverurie.
Created on Thursday, the petition has had more than 240 signatures so far.
It says: “It’s bad news for Aberdeenshire as a whole, but it’s a hammer blow for Inverurie, which instead of getting 300 new council jobs will now lose 150 jobs.
“Instead, there will now be some new, smaller offices built at the back of Inverurie Town Hall to replace Gordon House.
“They also voted against the option of having the same town hall redevelopment alongside a smaller Inverurie council HQ – a move which would still have brought hundreds of jobs to the town instead of losing them.”
Councillor Neil Baillie, who represents the area and was one of the 26 who did not want to scrap the plan, said: “I think the petition will raise the issue, but it also addresses the fundamental flaws with the plan. The public in Aberdeenshire haven’t had a good enough say.
“I hope that I have enough faith in my fellow councillors across the chamber – in particular the 43 who voted against it – to look again.”
Peter Argyle, deputy leader of the council and leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “There’s a lot of misunderstanding about what’s being proposed.
“The idea of people religiously sitting at a desk from 9am to 5pm is long past.
“We’re not losing any jobs.
“The way the council is working is changing.
“We’re moving to far more modern systems of locating people.
“The idea that suddenly Inverurie’s going to grind to a halt because of the changes is a little bit exaggerated.
“On the other side, there’s the long overdue and welcome redevelopment of the town hall, which will move jobs into the centre of Inverurie.”
The petition can be found online at bit.ly/2rinYv4