Inverurie Community Council meeting and AGM

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INVERURIE Community Council held their AGM last Monday (May 16) at Inverurie Town Hall.

All office bearers and committee members were voted in for a further term, John Sangster read his chairman’s report stating it had been a “good year” for Inverurie with many successes, including the new level crossing at Mitchells Dairy Secretary/treasurer Archie Peebles said the year had ended with a “healthy balance”.

The existing office bearers and committee were re-elected for a further term and the chairman introduced guest speaker, Mark McEwan, Service Planning Lead NHS Grampian.

Mark explained how he was gathering information about the specific health requirements in Inverurie to build a case to put to the Health Board later in the year.

He said with the growing population in Inverurie a new health centre was vital but that overall delivery of health care had to change, not only because of “phenomenal growth” in the population but also because Inverurie is projected to have the highest population of over 65s in Aberdeenshire.

Mark said he was in consultation with all user groups to build up a picture of the specific needs in the town.

The existing hospital site was flagged up as a possibility for a new all-encompassing health centre which could also service surrounding towns. With the buildings at the back demolished (the two at the front being listed buildings) there would be a lot of space for re-development.

The issue of parking was brought up which Mark said would not be a problem because any new buildings could be built up on more than one level, freeing up ground space for adequate parking.

Asked about time scales, Mark said he hoped to have a clearer picture by the end of the year.

Details of the Malcolm Allan development at the top end of town were available for inspection.