Wednesday 15th August
The man, who died on a boat berthed at Fraserburgh Harbour, has now been named. 52 year old William Ironside was one of five men who fell ill aboard the vessel Sunbeam yesterday afternoon. Mr Ironside, who was from Fraserburgh, was pronounced dead at the scene and the four others were taken to hospital but have since been released. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is working alongside the Health and Safety Executive, the police and the fire service to find out exactly what happened.
Journey times for commuters travelling south in to Aberdeen should now be quicker. The newly-dualled Balmedie to Tipperty stretch of the A90 has today opened to traffic. During construction, drivers were limited to 40 miles per hour for much of the route. But all remaining cones have been removed and the national speed limit restored. The 7.5 mile section links in with the already-in-use Blackdog to Parkhill strip and represents around one-fifth of the entire Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project, which is due to be finished by late autumn this year.
A 34 year old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with assault with intent to rape. It follows an incident in Aberdeen in the early hours of last Saturday. A woman was attacked in George Street and was left shaken but uninjured. George Conway made no plea and the case was committed for further examination.
The number of people out of work in Aberdeenshire continues to reduce, according to new figures from Peterhead Job Centre. In July, the claimant count was 2010, a drop of 345 compared with the same month last year. The employment picture is improving for the younger generation as well, with 55 fewer 18-24 year olds claiming benefits.
Homebase is planning to close 42 stores, including two in the north east. The DIY retailer will shut them via a Company Voluntary Agreement. That's a process used by struggling firms to close under-performing shops. Restructuring experts will carry out the procedure alongside landlords. The two stores facing the axe here are in Bridge of Don and Portlethen.
Local MSP Stewart Stevenson has condemned Royal Bank of Scotland bosses for announcing they will be paying out a dividend to shareholders – it’s first for 10 years – after axing a string of local branches. RBS, which is still substantially-owned by the taxpayer, closed outlets in Buckie, Banff and Turriff, as well as removing the Mobile service from Cullen and Aberchirder last year.
Nearly £70,000 will be spent on repairs to Peterhead Academy. The roof, ceilings, drainage and electricity need work carried out and the Aberdeenshir Council spend has now been approved by councillors. The school will eventually be replaced by a community campus but that could be around 10 years away and the local authority says the improvements at the current Prince Street building will bridge the gap.
Aberdeen’s newest secondary school is getting ready to open its doors when the new term starts next week. The £47 million Lochside Academy, which replaces the recently closed Torry and Kincorth Academies, boasts an incorporated dance studio, fitness suite, games hall, six lane swimming pool and a 3G pitch. The three-storey school will cater for up to 1,350 pupils from the Torry, Kincorth, Nigg and Cove areas and will open for the first time next Thursday.