Fight on to keep local depot in Fraserburgh

Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping at Aberdeenshire Council's home repair depot.
Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping at Aberdeenshire Council's home repair depot.

Fraserburgh and district councillors have this week spoken of their disappointment regarding proposals which could close a local depot.

Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping contacted the Fraserburgh Herald this week to discuss a report which could result in Aberdeenshire Council’s home repair depot, based on Albert Street, Fraserburgh, closed down.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Property and Facilities Management, Allan Whyte, said: “After a period of engagement with council employees and trade unions, a report on the depot review has been drawn up.

“That report will be presented to all six area committees in May for feedback from councillors, before going before the Policy and Resources Committee in June for consideration.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Brian Topping said: “I’m actually astounded the council is trying to do this.

“I’m 100% against it,” he commented, explaining that the proposal could see the service move to Mintlaw.

The councillor explained that, with Fraserburgh having a large housing stock, it made sense for the Fraserburgh depot to remain.

“I think the whole thing is nonsensical.

“Certainly, Charles and I are 100% in support of the staff, and we’ll do everything we can to retain the service in Fraserburgh.

“I certainly wouldn’t be against them relocating within the town,” he added, however.

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