Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond has urged Aberdeenshire Council to revisit the decision to remove registration services from a number of local offices across the north-east.
Mr Salmond previously contacted the local authority after several constituents raised concerns about the proposals to stop registrations at offices including Turriff and Maud.
Turriff and District Community Council began a petition against the decision to no longer operate services from Towie House in Turriff.
Mr Salmond has again written to Aberdeenshire Council to ask that the matter be revisited before the changes are implemented at the end of the year.
Mr Salmond said
There has been significant interest in this issue from the local communities that will be most affected by the service changes.
The need to enlist the services of a registrar for registering a birth, death or a marriage often represents a very busy and stressful time in an individual’s life and my constituents are concerned that the removal of local services will only add to a potentially distressing time.
I am urging Aberdeenshire Council to look again at this decision given the local campaign and the concerns that have been raised by my constituents.
Under the new Aberdeenshire Council proposals registration services would be provided at Aboyne (by appointment), Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh, Huntly, Inverurie, Peterhead and Stonehaven.