Fraserburgh regeneration secures over £1million

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Fraserburgh’s regeneration fund will receive over £1 million from a Scottish Government fund it was confirmed today.

Fraserburgh 20121 will get £1,056,243 from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) to restore the heritage of the town.

The money will make up part of the total £2.2 million needed for the project which will see the redevelopment of Saltoun Square Council Chambers with a proposed new sports development at the town’s South Links.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), David Aitchison, said: “We were very hopeful these applications would be successful because they demonstrate not just our commitment to regeneration, but the close working relations the Council has established with community groups who can help us to make these exciting things happen.

“The development of creative places and culture-led regeneration should be encouraged as an effective approach to delivering sustainable, high quality environments.”

ISC vice chair, Stephen Smith, said: “The combination of a revival of Saltoun Square Council Chambers and new sports facilities for the many existing and prospective sports club members in Fraserburgh were two of the earliest and strongest aims which emerged during consultation on the town’s renewal, so it is great news that we have not only listened but will now deliver what are the largest projects to date in our regeneration efforts for the town.”

The redevelopment of the Chambers and the adjacent former Police Station is a key part of the town’s newly-designated Fraserburgh Conservation Area.

The intention is to have an innovative mix of new uses, from an improved Council Service Point to facilities for community and civic functions.

The new sports development at the town’s South Links will hold a high quality football pitch, an athletics track and a cycle track.

Norman Reid, Fraserburgh Sports Hub spokesman, said: “We are delighted by the success of the council’s application to the Scottish Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, recognising the huge amount of work that officers have put into it.

“After working with them on related projects for several years, we look forward enthusiastically to seeing our member clubs and the wider Fraserburgh community reaping the rewards of vastly improved sporting amenities, health and well-being.