Councillors give report to community group

Councillor Ian Tait.
Councillor Ian Tait.

Fraserburgh councillors Ian Tait and Brian Topping attended the Fraserburgh Community Council’s annual general meeting last month.

The AGM had taken place on May 20 at the Council Chambers, Saltoun Square, when the councillors were joined by a representative from Police Scotland.

Councillor Topping updated the community councillors on works that were taking place at Kent Gardens, suggesting that the street lighting was in the process of being reviewed.

On the issue of public drinking, he added: “The reason the no drinking thing came in is because people were abusing it.

“I think we all need to be keeping our eyes and ears open and reporting stuff to the police. I think , if people are caught, now it should be zero tolerance.”

Councillor Tait, meanwhile, sought support for his suggestion of naming Fraserburgh’s new street, the result of a housing development near Quarry Road, after the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

“I’m just hoping the community council will also support another street name,” he said at the meeting, the community council having already supported the name ‘William Wallace’.

“It is meant to honour the work of the volunteers,” Councillor Tait added.

Community councillors at Fraserburgh voiced no objection to the suggestion.

Councillor Tait also commented on the Visitor Information Centre, the centre having now moved to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses for a period of one year.

“What I find absolutely and totally ridiculous is the council is spending half-a-million pounds to develop the town centre - VisitScotland comes in and moves 4,000 visitors to the town centre out.”

Opening the reports to councillors, Police Scotland figures revealed that there had been 300 incidents since the group’s last meeting, with 51 enquiries currently ongoing.

These included vandalisms, assaults and shoplifting incidents. It was also noted that there were 38 assaults during the same period last year, a number that had dropped to 24 for 2014.