Scotland politics

Aberdeenshire Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 243,510 in 2009 and the authority employs about 14,000 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £543m.
  • Aberdeenshire Councilheadquarters are in Westburn Road, Aberdeen.
  • The local authority has 19 wards, electing 70 councillors.
  • Aberdeenshire Council has completed its submission to Marine Scotland on acontroversial wind farm developmentoff the North east coast. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is a £150m venture by Vattenfall, Technip and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.
  • The infrastructure services committee was not for or against the plans. Details of issues raised surrounding the bid will be sent to Marine Scotland as part of the consultation process.
  • US tycoon Donald Trump has said he will abandon his plans for a hotel and houses at his golf resort on the Menie Estate if the wind farm project is approved. He willappear before a committeeof MSPs in April to argue his points.
  • Mr Trump's £1bn golf complex to create what he has vowed will be theworld's greatest golf experiencegot under way three years ago.

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