Councillor to host Stagecoach meeting

Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre.
Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait is to host a meeting with Stagecoach’s managing director, Steve Walker, it has been announced.

The long-serving councillor had told us about the meeting this week, saying that the public meeting was scheduled to be held at the end of this month.

The meeting follows news of several refurbishments to the new bus station in Fraserburgh, including the provision of more seating space in bus shelters and new glass at the shop to allow better communication between employees and customers, improvements that Fraserburgh and district councillors Ian Tait and Brian Topping welcomed.

Councillor Tait said: “This meeting follows on from a similar public meeting I arranged with Mr Walker in July, who had only then taken over as managing director.

“The meeting was very impressed with what Mr Walker said and what he intended to do to bring about improvements.

“This meeting will discuss only bus services into and out of Fraserburgh and matters related to these,” the independent councillor added.

Councillor Tait explained further that the meeting will be chaired by himself, as the July meeting was, and that everyone will be given an opportunity to air their views and hear Mr Walker responses.

“I would urge anyone who has an interest in bus services into and out of Fraserburgh to come along, and I extend a special invitation to those who attended the July meeting so that they can confirm improvements or otherwise,” Councillor Tait said.

The meeting itself will be held in the Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre on Tuesday, October 29.

The doors for the event will open at 6:30pm with the meeting beginning at 7pm.

The issue of links between Fraserburgh and neighbouring town Banff had arisen at the last meeting of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, with councillors hearing of a mainline service between the two towns hoped to be in place by 2014.

Councillor John Cox, chair of the area committee, had urged his fellow councillors to consider the economic benefit of such a service.