Archaeolink site up for sale

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Aberdeenshire Council have announced that the site of the former tourist attraction Archaeolink, located at Oyne is to be put on the open market for sale.

Archaeolink was opened as a museum facility in 1997 and operated for several years before closing in 2011.

The site, owned by Aberdeenshire Council, was declared surplus to requirements at a meeting of the Garioch Area Committee in June 2013 and since then officers have been investigating options for the future of the land, including its sale.

In October last year a group of around 15 traveller caravans pitched up on the site causing concerns to local residents in Oyne.

The Garioch Area Committee agreed in private session on Tuesday (January 13) that the site will be placed on the open market.

Members also requested that once the marketing of the site is completed a report on any offers made is taken to the area committee, prior to being submitted to the Policy and Resources Committee for a final decision.

Chair of Garioch Area Committee, Councillor Fergus Hood, said: “Archaeolink has served its use as a tourist facility and, having considered a range of options since its closure, it is felt offering the site for sale is the most sensible way forward.

“As well as the museum structure itself, the site boasts a substantial amount of open space and we hope it will attract significant interest.”