Move for arts facility in Inverurie

Councillor Martin Ford
Councillor Martin Ford

A councillor is calling for a feasibility study into building a major cultural facility in Inverurie.

Earlier this year, Aberdeenshire Council approved plans to progress a move to the town from its current headquarters in Aberdeen.

East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford has submitted a notice of motion to today’s meeting of the education and children’s services committee asking to explore the creation of ‘a significant visual arts, museum or other cultural facility’ as part of the redevelopment of the Harlaw Road site.

Councillor Ford said: “The motion doesn’t commit the council to anything beyond an exploratory process. But it’s an exploratory process we should do, and we need to do it now before the site is master-planned.

“Essentially, the motion asks the council to think about the possibilities, and have discussions with others. Why would it not do that?”

He added: “Personally, I rather like the idea of an ‘Aberdeenshire Museum’, but that’s clearly just one possibility.

“I want to see what comes out of the discussion and consultation that I hope results from the motion I have tabled.

“There is certainly room on the Harlaw Road site.

“A major cultural facility would bring significant benefits for the Aberdeenshire economy and tourism. It would also contribute to the quality of life for residents and raise the profile of the area.”

Fellow Democratic and Independent and Green Group member, Councillor Paul Johnston, said: “This is a good idea. At this stage, agreeing the motion does not commit the council to expenditure, it only opens the door to exciting possibilities.

“The council should be keen to hear the public’s views.”