Friday 26th May
The value of fishing in Scotland has reached a record high. According to new official figures, landings in 2016 increased in value by 29 per cent to £563 million. The increase was mainly driven by a 41 per cent increase in the value of landings for pelagic fish like herring and mackerel. Industry leaders said the figures were “very encouraging”. Meanwhile, the number of active Scottish registered fishing vessels last year was 2,038, a one per cent increase from 2015.
The new Aberdeenshire Council administration has revealed its proposals for the next five year term. The document brings together the best ideas from the separate manifestos from the recent election. The Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent coalition will campaign to reinstate the Dyce to Ellon railway line. Improving access at Insch Railway Station is among the other infrastructure priorities for the new local authority.
The A90 at Charleston will be shut for the next three nights to allow for work on the Aberdeen bypass. Motorists will be diverted from 8pm through to 6am, although it will close at the later time of 10pm tomorrow to allow for football fans heading home from the Scottish Cup final in Glasgow.
Aberdeen University’s annual May Festival gets underway today. From famous faces and top performers to lively talks, debates and hands-on activities, organisers say the festival has something to offer for everyone. More than 100 events are lined up over the next three days.
An outdoor swimming pool is getting ready for the summer season. The facility at Stonehaven will reopen tomorrow for its 84th season. The Friends Organisation, which runs the pool in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, has spent the last few months sprucing up the amenities by refurbishing cubicles.