Stir caused by Wetherspoon’s application

Wetherspoon application: Residents have mixed feelings about the planning application of Wetherspoons taking over the old Saltoun Arms Hotel
Wetherspoon application: Residents have mixed feelings about the planning application of Wetherspoons taking over the old Saltoun Arms Hotel

A letter objecting to Wetherspoon’s application for the Saltoun Arms Hotel on Aberdeenshire Council’s website has caused a stir in the Broch.

The hotel has lain empty for over five years since it was closed, with the recent application planning to bring the ‘wow’ factor back to the Fraserburgh hotel.

The letter which can be seen online prompted two Herald readers to get in touch to tell of their disgust with the letter.

The online letter from a Mr and Mrs Nolan states: “I write to object to the planning permission on the Saltoun Hotel in Fraserburgh. I cannot stress strong enough the problems with alcohol already in this town, we certainly don’t need any more.”

Problems caused by alcohol in the area include people urinating on front doors of houses and smashing windows of shops and houses.

The couple also feels that no consideration was given to the sheltered housing in the area and the residents.

“If they get approval we intend to fight it through the Scottish Parliament if need be, especially when they intend to open 7.30am till 2am,” they warn.

“I hope you note our objections we will be happy to attend in person if required.”

Fraserburgh residents got into touch with the Herald to tell of their disgust at finding the letter on the council’s website.

“I found it absolutely ridiculous as they live bang in the middle of the High Street, with pubs and Deejays open mostly all night,’” said Lewis Platt.

“Wetherspoon’s will make a dramatic impact on the town, opening the once-thriving Saltoun Arms Hotel again, and making the town centre a more welcome place.

“The hotel has been derelict for years and this is what Fraserburgh needs. Fraserburgh is desperate for something like this and if it gets objected to it is an absolute outrage.”

Another resident is challenging the letter on the grounds of other establishments in the area.

Colin Clark said: “I find it ridiculous that these people have the cheek to report Wetherspoon’s to the Scottish Government when there is pubs and a club up the road.

“Are they going to report them as well? Wetherspoon’s is more of an eatery with a bar, another thing is that it is also family friendly. It’s people like this that make the town worse. Fraserburgh is in desperate need for this. If it gets objected by the council I can officially say that this place is a waste of space and that the Saltoun Hotel will get rapidly worse.”

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon told the Herald: “We do not see any problems with this opening in Fraserburgh and it would be another choice for people and would argue against the contents of the letter.”