A north-east community is concerned that a skip site could be scrapped following a landslip earlier this year.
Gardenstown residents have already seen their call for a new skip in the heart of the picturesque village fall on deaf ears, and will now take their concerns to an informal discussion with council officers today.
Locals are concerned that bags of rubbish will continue to pile up at the port after the authority closed its recycling centre earlier this year because of safety concerns.
This move has prompted an informal drop-in session in the village, where locals will discover what Aberdeenshire Council is proposing as an alternative.
Land above the skip had slipped in January, leaving boulders poised to drop, and a spokesman for the community action committee said he had been in discussion with the council about today’s meeting.
He added: “I’m not commenting on whether or not they are offering us discussion or simply telling us what will happen – let’s see what transpires on the day.
“After the drop-in session on Tuesday, the waste department will write to everyone in the affected area to let them know the new collection arrangements.”
In the meantime, locals have been advised to use recycling points in Banff or Fraserburgh.
The issue has been further complicated by the landslip itself, and who has the responsibility of making the cliff safe.
The local authority has maintained the land is under private ownership.
Banff and Buchan area manager Margaret-Jane Cardno said: “Although the council has made arrangements to make the site secure, contact will be made with the owners of the slipped land in order that alternative security arrangements can be made.”
The slipped land remains unstable and could result in further rock fall. Today’s drop-in session will take place at the village hall from 12pm to 8pm.