Aberdeenshire Council have confirmed that Registration Services in Towie House in Turriff will close on Wednesday 31 December 2014.
From January 2015 people who need to register a birth or a death or who would like to arrange a marriage will have to travel to either Low Street Banff or Gordon Street Huntly to access the council registration services.
Turriff and District Community Council opposed the proposal to remove registry services from Towie House and a number of constituents contacted Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond to raise their concerns about the decision. A 698-signature petition against the decision was delivered to Aberdeenshire Council at the end of October.
Aberdeenshire Council have now responded to the Community Council’s petition, addressing the concerns raised.
The Marriage Room at Towie House will still be available for couples who wish to have their ceremony performed there and there is the possibility for appointment-only surgeries to be held in Turriff in the future. Council officers are keen to establish the new system, which will take effect at the end of the year, but have not ruled out the “by appointment” structure.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond has welcomed a commitment from Aberdeenshire Council to revisit a decision to move the registrars service from Towie House in Turriff to Banff.
Mr Salmond said
This move from Aberdeenshire Council to review their decision to remove registry services from Towie House is very welcome.
I am also pleased that the council have taken the opportunity to fully explain how their decision was reached to help the local community further understand their reasons for change.
An appointment-only system would allow the people of Turriff to continue accessing these important services in their local community and I do hope that this can be explored in the coming months.
This has been a well-fought community campaign which will hopefully yield a viable solution for the people of Turriff.
Turriff Residents needing to use the services of Aberdeenshire Councils Registrars from January can use
28 Low Street
Call 01261 813439 to book an appointment
25 Gordon Street
Call 01466 794488 to book an appointment