Fraserburgh regeneration study results to go on show

Fraserburgh town centre.
Fraserburgh town centre.

Members of the community will have a chance to see and comment on the findings of a regeneration study recently carried out on Fraserburgh town centre.

It is part of a wider initiative concentrating on increasing vitality in the towns of Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Banff and Macduff.

A consortium of consultants led by architects HRI was commissioned in May 2013 to undertake strategic reviews of the towns.

The results of the review of Fraserburgh and a subsequent draft Action Plan for the town centre will be on show to seek local feedback.

Involvement by the community is essential to the project and as many people as possible with an interest are encouraged to take part.

The public viewings will take place at Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre on Maconochie Place from Wednesday, May 7, to Friday, May 9, from 12noon to 7pm.

There will also be a chance to get involved during the town’s Super Saturday event in Saltoun Square on May 10 from 10am to 3pm.

Members of staff will be available to answer questions anyone may have and assist them to contribute their views on the projects they want to see taken forward.

The following week, pupils at Fraserburgh Academy will also get a chance to have a say on the future of their town when the plans are shown for two days.

Final action plans will be prepared using feedback received from the community and local councillors.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Town Centres and Regeneration Manager, Christine Webster, commented: “We want to take on board as much community opinion as possible as we move forward with plans to help revitalise the town centre.

“The council alone cannot make all the changes which may be required so everyone with an interest has to work together for the benefit of Fraserburgh town centre.”

The council’s Head of Economic Development, Belinda Miller, said: “Regeneration of any sort is rarely achieved by local authorities on their own.

“It will be hard to mitigate the very strong market forces acting against our town centres, but we know the desire to achieve this is there and we want to help the community in reshaping the offer. Working together we can make some inroads to change.”

Information on the progress of local regeneration work will be reported to the Banff and Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday, May 6, when members will also be asked to comment on the draft Action Plans for Fraserburgh and Banff and Macduff.

Local views will be passed to the council’s Policy and Resources Committee for consideration at a meeting in June.