Broch’s newest street finally gets a name

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

A plan to name a new street in Fraserburgh after historic Scotsman William Wallace has been defeated after councillors moved to approve an alternate name.

It had originally been suggested, after names had come forward to the local councillors from members of the public and the Fraserburgh Community Council, that the new street, which is being constructed near Quarry Road, would be named after William Wallace.

However, at a Banff and Buchan Area Committee meeting earlier this year, the decision was sent to the full council, councillors unable to agree on the choice.

Meanwhile, Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait had suggested the name Heritage Way as a way to pay tribute to the work of the volunteers at the local Heritage Centre.

On Thursday, June 19, the councillor broke the news that his suggestion had been approved.

He explained: “I thought that on this occasion, we should choose a name that is not personal, and go with one that does not refer to a person.

“I suggested the name ‘Heritage’ to honour the huge amount of good that the Heritage Centre does for the town and for the hard, unpaid work that the volunteers do to make the Heritage Centre such a great success.

“I am happy to say that at council today, the council unanimously agreed to my suggestion to use the name ‘Heritage’ and the new development will be called ‘Heritage Way’.

“Common sense has prevailed,” he added.

The new development will see 30 new council houses built.

Councillor John Cox, chair of the area committee, commented: “It is good to see construction of these new homes under way.

“They will contribute to meeting the need for affordable housing in and around the Fraserburgh area whilst regenerating a derelict site.”