Project to revitalise look of Fraserburgh’s Conservation Area

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Local people in Fraserburgh are being encouraged to get involved in the launch of a project this week designed to revitalise the look of the town’s Conservation Area.

Fraserburgh 2021 will be formally launched by Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal in the town’s Dalrymple Hall on Saturday (March 11) at 10am.

The event will include a guided tour of the Conservation Area by members of the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre and a talk by Chartered Architect and Heritage Consultant Andrew Wright.

Fraserburgh 2021 project manager, Ross McCleary, says the launch event has been designed specifically for local residents and he encourages them to come along.

“It’s extremely important that as many residents as possible attend the event to fully understand the opportunities the programme will create,” he said.

“For those in the Conservation Area itself, there will be specialists on hand to answer questions and to provide information on grant funding for those who want to take advantage of the regeneration momentum.”

Fraserburgh 2021 is a £5.8million Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) which focuses on restoring and enhancing the town.

The scheme includes a repair programme for priority buildings, a small grants scheme for property owners within the new conservation area, training and education opportunities in traditional skills and public realm improvements.

Work begins this spring to redevelop the Council Chambers in Saltoun Square and the adjoining former Police Scotland premises.

“On completion, this will bring many more people to the town centre – both employees and visitors alike.

It will breathe new life into Saltoun Square, something much needed by the local business people,” added project manager, Christine Pert.