Councillor delighted

Councillor Brian Topping was delighted last week as he heard of plans that a pilot scheme to open community centres on Saturday may come into effect in Fraserburgh.

Concerning broadening the access to lifelong learning and leisure facilities, Councillor Topping says it is something that he has consistently raised at every meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee.

At last week’s meeting, held on Thursday, March 22, the report by the Director of Education, Learning and Leisure, Maria Walker, said: “The Service also proposes to undertake two pilot programmes delivering learning and leisure opportunities during weekend nights for and with young people, designed to be particularly appropriate for the target groups and the time of week. The success, in terms of impact, and the costs associated with these pilots will form part of the services’ review of access. The results of this review will be the subject of a future report to this committee.”

Councillor Topping is hopeful that the pilot scheme will result in community centres in Fraserburgh being open on a Saturday, after having young people in the area come to him with concerns about the current situation.

“On a Saturday, there is nowhere for these people to go that’s safe and warm.

“To an older person, 10 or 12 kids hanging around outside can result in them getting moved on.

“Young people came to me raising concerns about Saturday closures. I wasn’t asking the Council to open every school and centre. If there’s a need, it will be cost effective.

“I’m delighted that Fraserburgh might be one of the pilots.

“It’s something that I have been campaigning for over a number of years,” Councillor Topping told the Fraserburgh Herald.

The reports of the Education, Learning and Leisure Committee is available to view on Aberdeenshire Council’s website, via the Council and Democracy links at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.