Area of Fraserburgh is the most deprived in Aberdeenshire

Broad Street, Fraserburgh
Broad Street, Fraserburgh

An area of Fraserburgh is the most deprived in Aberdeenshire according to new statistics released by the Scottish Government.

Fraserburgh Harbour and Broadsea area is the most deprived area in the Shire according to the government's Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016 figures.

The index correlates income, education, crime, employment, housing and access figures for areas throughout the country and then places each area in a category, or decile, ranging from one to ten with one being the most deprived and ten being the least deprived.

The Broadsea area south of Watermill Road in Fraserburgh falls into the first decile, meaning that it is within the category of most deprived.

Large parts of the Fraserburgh Harbour area fall into the second decile and together it is the most deprived area in Aberdeenshire.

When broken down the Broadsea area falls into the first, most deprived, decile for crime, education and health while housing, income and employment fall into the second decile.

Only housing makes it into the least deprived deciles, being scored at ten.

The harbour area ranks in the second decile overall but is scored in the first decile for education, housing and crime.

Income, employment and health for the harbour area are scored in the third decile.