Petition with thousands of signatures delivered to Young’s

Councillor Buchan, left, delievered the petition to Site Director Darren Beechan, right
Councillor Buchan, left, delievered the petition to Site Director Darren Beechan, right

Councillor Chrales Buchan has delivered a petition containing over 4000 signatures urging Young’s Seafood Ltd to maintain their presence in the Broch.

After recent uncertainty over job losses at the factory, Cllr Buchan, as well as Councillor Brian Topping, drafted a letter and asking the community to sign showing their support.

Joined by volunteer Charles Stephen, who helped in obtaining signatures, Cllr Buchan handed the letter to Site Director Darren Beechan.

Eventually receiving 4386 signatures, Cllr Buchan was overwhelmed with the town’s answer.

He said, “We were bowled over with the positive response to the letter, with people queuing up to sign, and local businesses supporting us to the hilt.”

The letter thanked Young’s for its “long, historic relationship with our town and urge you to maintain your presence in the long term, in view of the critical importance your company has for Fraserburgh”.

Ahead of the handing over the letter, Cllr Topping said it was an opportunity for the town’s people to have their voices heard.

“We hope that it will stay open and that this letter gives members of the community a chance to have their say.”

A Young’s spokesperson said that they will take note of the petition.

“We welcome all input from interested parties, and appreciate the importance of the site to the community as a whole.

“We will feed this in for consideration as part of the consultation process.”’