A view of how Aberdeenshire could look in the year 2050 has been revealed in a new document created by the council.
Visioning Aberdeenshire 2050 is the result of year-long discussions with local communities, public and voluntary organisations, business groups and councillors.
The groups put forward their views on how to improve public transport, increase the amount of affordable housing for young people, improve facilities for children and protect the environment.
The information collected will now provide guidance to Aberdeenshire Council as it considers its long term aims to secure “economic, environmental, social and cultural sustainability”.
Jim Gifford, leader of the local authority, said: “Many of the council’s current strategies are scheduled for delivery within a 10 to 20 year horizon.
“In order to inform these strategies and their successors, we wanted to create a vision for Aberdeenshire up to 2050.
“Creating a long-term vision is the easy part; the challenge is finding a way to get there and identifying the barriers which must be overcome.
“The final vision will be integrated into council policies and we will encourage our partners to use it in formulating their own policies in order to ensure we achieve our mutual goals.”
Leader of the opposition, Hamish Vernal, added: “The year 2050 may seem some way off, but it’s important that we start work now if we are to achieve the ambitious aims contained in the vision.”
The full 2050 document can be found at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/support/aberdeenshire2050.asp