Issues discussed at Community Council meeting

Fraserburgh Town Hall and council chambers
Fraserburgh Town Hall and council chambers

A wide range of issues were discussed at the final Fraserburgh Community Council meeting of 2014.

In attendance at the meeting was Councillor Charles Buchan and Area Manager Margaret-Jane Cardno, as well as two Police Scotland officers, who were on hand to answer community councillors’ questions.

Following the Police Report, Cllr Buchan delivered the Councillors’ Report.

The main issue Cllr Buchan raised was that of primary school places. Currently, there are 600 unused primary school places in the Broch and there is the possibility that one Fraserburgh primary school could close.

Four consultation meetings are being held on the potential changes in primary school provision, three of which have already taken place.

The fourth and final consultation event is being held at 6.30pm on November 26 at Rosehearty School.

The wider staffing situation in schools across Aberdeenshire was also discussed.

Councillor Buchan also raised the problem of local residents being able to get GP appointments.

Margaret-Jane Cardno highlighted the fact that there is an exceptionally high level of no-shows for GP appointments in Fraserburgh, which was a contributory factor for people having to wait for weeks to book an appointment.

Ms Cardno suggested that the Community Council could invite an NHS Area Manager to a future meeting to discuss the pressure points facing local NHS services and possible solutions to the problem.

Also raised at the meeting was the problem of parking at schools and parents’ concerns about the safety of children at peak times.