NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Pledge to find more travelling community sites

A pledge to find more authorised sites for the travelling community has been made to help ease tensions in the north east of Scotland.

It came at a summit, held in Inverurie, aimed at improving relations.

Building Consensus: A Constructive Way Forward was a multi-agency meeting which included police and council input.

It was agreed that both the settled and travelling communities would work together to foster mutual respect.

The meeting was organised by the Grampian Regional Equality Council (GREC) which said it was extremely worthwhile.

Last month, funding of more than £150,000 was awarded to tackle the problems of unauthorised camps.

Aberdeen City Council was given £120,000 by the Scottish government, with £37,000 for Aberdeenshire.

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