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GRAMPIAN REFUSES TO TALK TO DISTRICTS ABOUT FUTURE

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Districts in the Grampian region have been snubbed in their attempts to learn something about the service implicati...
Districts in the Grampian region have been snubbed in their attempts to learn something about the service implications of reorganisation by travelling over 100 miles to a distant regional council.

Grampian RC has consistently refused to conduct any talks with Gordon, Banff and Buchan and Kincardine and Deeside DCs, three districts which will form the new Aberdeenshire unitary authority, before the Local Government Etc (Scotland) Bill is enacted later this year.

And last week an invitation from a senior Fife member to convenors and chief executives from the three districts was quietly withdrawn after news of the proposed meeting leaked out.

Thomas Hyder, chief executive of Kincardine & Deeside, said Grampian's failure to talk with the districts meant that they were unable to discuss 'anything to do with internal management, or even to begin addressing the problems which we forsee having to be resolved'.
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