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Aberdeenshire landscape

Council plan - foreword

There is already much to celebrate in this unique part of Scotland.

It is our responsibility to work towards a shared aspiration for Aberdeenshire as the best area and the best council.

I am aware that the shape of local services will change in the next five years. It may be hard to predict how change is going to affect our council or our residents. We recognise the uncertain financial climate in which we are required to operate but are confident in the organisation's ability to adapt to this challenging environment.

None of what we are trying to achieve can be delivered in isolation. We recognise the combined expertise and knowledge that our partners, our communities and our employees bring when delivering improved outcomes in Aberdeenshire. This is integral to the planning and delivery of local services.

With the clear strategic direction set out in this plan, we will create a successful and sustainable region and will support people and communities to fully realise their ambitions.

Cllr Jim Gifford
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council