Lord Saltoun statue remains unrepaired

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BROCHERS are being urged to rally round to support the restoration of the statue of Lord Saltoun.

Over the years the statue has become damaged, yet little has been done in the way of safeguarding the historical monument.

But now Aberdeenshire Council has encouraged the community to make its opinions known in a bid to get the priority status of the work raised.

Back in 2009, members of Fraserburgh Community council set out with the aim of restoring the town’s statue of Alexander George Fraser, the 16th Lord Saltoun. Community councillor Elma Goodlad had called for action after receiving support from fellow councillors.

Meanwhile, community councillor Mary Melville told members: “Lord Saltoun was an important historical figure and a very popular person in the area.

“He was known as the ‘Waterloo Saltoun’ and I think we should pursue this and see what can be done to restore this image,”

Former Banff and Buchan area manager, Malcolm McAuslin, agreed, stating: “I have received the request to look into this and I have passed it on to the appropriate office to look into this matter and get back to me. Once that has been done, we will look and see what can or cannot be done.”

Several years on, however, and the statue remains unrestored.

When contacted by the Herald, a council spokesperson said: “The regeneration of Fraserburgh town centre is a high priority for Aberdeenshire Council and the local community.

“We know that repairing the statue of Lord Saltoun is a local aspiration but in the present economic climate we do not consider its restoration to be a priority.

“However if a local community group wish to progress this project as a community priority we would be delighted to look at ways in which we could work in partnership with them.”