Councillors deliver report at meeting

Fraserburgh Town Hall and council chambers
Fraserburgh Town Hall and council chambers

Fraserburgh and District councillors delivered their report at the monthly meeting of the town’s Community Council.

Councillors Charles Buchan, Ian Tait and Brian Topping raised a number of local issues which have come up since last month. Councillor Michael Watt was absent from the meeting.

Councillor Topping highlighted the recent announcement that the Heritage Lottery Fund had awarded Fraserburgh a first phase sum of £58,000 which will be used to work up second phase proposals which, if successful, would access £1.8m of funding for town centre regeneration projects.

Cllr Topping described the news as “very good and positive” for the town, adding that once work starts, everyone would start to see the physical changes in the Broch.

Councillor Buchan also welcomed the news of the Heritage Lottery Funding and said he looked forward to hearing the outcome of the Historic Scotland bid for Fraserburgh town centre in the coming weeks.

Cllr Buchan also highlighted the meeting which had been held at Southpark School regarding parking outside the town’s schools.

Cllr Buchan, who sits on the Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, also congratulated Fraserburgh Academy pupils on their recent success in the GO4SET Challenge.

Councillor Ian Tait began his remarks by commenting on the Heritage Lottery funding.

Cllr Tait said it was disappointing that work on the Saltoun Square Council Chambers would not be starting straight away - but that the delay meant the case for town centre funding could be strengthened.

Cllr Tait also highlighted the issue of school safety, saying he had met with inspectors and the Head teacher of Lochpots School to discuss the issue.

The meeting was opened up for questions, with one ember asking if the community council would be consulted on town centre regeneration, with Cllr Topping reassuring members that they would.

Council officer Ian Rogan added that designs for the Saltoun Square Council Chambers were currently being worked on.

Community councillors also raised the issue of school rezoning. Cllr Buchan said a very wide range of options were under consideration by Council officers.