Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond has written to Colin Mackenzie, chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council, after a number of constituents contacted him about the removal of registry services from local offices.
The new structure, which is due to come into effect by the end of the year, would mean that registry services would no longer operate from offices in Turriff and Maud.
Registration services would be provided at Aboyne (by appointment), Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead and Stonehaven, under the new proposals.
Mr Salmond said
A number of constituents have contacted me with their concerns about the decision to remove registry services from offices in Turriff and Maud.
The requirement for registry services, be it to register a birth, death or marriage, often represents a very busy time in a person’s life and many of my constituents fear that extra travel time will only add to an already stressful time.
I hope that this decision can be revisited and further consultation with locals and staff can be carried out.
Turriff and District Community Council have petitions in several of the shops around town and are asking members of the public to sign them to show their support for keeping registration services in Towie House Turriff.