Meeting To Decide on Invercarron

By Jane Cruickshank / March 10, 2022
shot of the resource centre and its large bay window area

THE fate of Stonehaven’s Invercarron Resource Centre is likely to be decided tomorrow when Aberdeenshire Council’s Communities Committee is asked to approve the procurement of the works to turn it into a vaccination clinic.

The Communities Committee has representatives from across the Shire – most from town’s provided with day care services. Stonehaven is represented by Cllr Sandy Wallace.

The chair of Stonehaven and District Community Council hopes to address the meeting – as does Cllr Wendy Agnew.

The councillors sitting on the committee may well ask questions and air any misgivings but it appears their hands will be tied by the directive issued by the Integration Joint Board last week that the work should go ahead.

Councillors’ Hands Tied

According to statutory guidance on directions from integration authorities to health boards and local authorities, ”Directions are binding, which is why they come at the end point of a process of planning and decision making.

”The delivery partners are required to comply with all directions received from the IJB, and the law is clear that they may not amend, ignore, appeal or veto any direction.”

The Communities Committee meets at 2pm. The committee report is available online as is a link to join the meeting.