Macrae plans could alleviate parking

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Fish factory Macrae’s is looking for planning permission from Banff and Buchan councillors, their proposal set to go before them at the next area committee.

The Macrae factory, which is based at Watermill Road, adjacent to the town’s new Asda supermarket, had applied for permission to complete and extension to the existing building.

This week, representatives from the company spoke with us to detail the plans further.

It is understood that, should the proposals be approved, the creation of 105 new parking spaces would be created, the existing factory having all of a 17.5 acre land space to build into.

There had been criticisms of factory workers at present parking on the street, outside of residents homes, something that Macrae’s has no control over, despite attempts to encourage workers to park within the grounds of the facility.

The two part extension would see, as well as further parking spaces created, the loading docks of the businesses moved to the side of the building in an effort to mitigate noise pollution.

The business, which was described to us as a “tremendous success” in the current economic climate, will see their proposal go before councillors next month, Fraserburgh and district councillors having already been invited to tour the site.

The closing date for public comment on the proposal was last month, seventeen representations having been received.

You can view these and learn more on the proposal by visiting www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.