Successful year for Broch Safety Group

Safety Group members Mary Melville and Brian Topping beside one of the No Drinking in Public Places signs.

Safety Group members Mary Melville and Brian Topping beside one of the No Drinking in Public Places signs.

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The Fraserburgh Community Safety Group has elected its committee members and office holders for the coming year at their recent AGM.

Brian Topping, who was re-elected as chairperson, told the Fraserburgh Herald that the group has had a successful year and has outlined some of the group’s priorities for the year ahead.

Re-elected as vice-chairperson is Mary Melville; Ricky Sheaffe-Greene was re-elected secretary and Ronnie McNab will continue as treasurer. A number of new committee members also joined the group (see box).

Over the last year, the group has pushed for a crossing patroller on Boothby Road, worked closely with the emergency services and promoted the Pass Plus driving scheme for young motorists.

The group has also been selling personal safety alarms and marker pens for electrical goods at affordable prices.

In his Safety Group report, chairman Brian Topping thanked committee members for their work over the last year.

For the year ahead, Brian Topping said the group’s priorities would include continuing with Pass Plus, working on road safety issues, supporting the No Drinking in Public Places legislation and looking at the possibility of resurrecting the hugely successful fireworks and bonfire safety poster competition. The competition used to attract as many as 600 entries from schoolchildren in Fraserburgh and the 
surrounding area.

The group also hopes to work with its Banff and District counterpart in the near future.

Commenting, Brian Topping said: “I was delighted our group supported the introduction of the No Drinking in Public Places legislation and delighted that we paid for the No Drinking in Public Places signs which are up in the town centre, Broadsea and the beach area. We do feel this has been an ever-increasing problem.

“I’m delighted we have continued to take part in the Pass Plus scheme which will hopefully make our young people more competant drivers on the road.”

“I’m also delighted that we had a stand at the Blue Light Festival to encourage young people to take part in Pass Plus.

“We have been working with youth workers and we sponsored a football event at the Community Centre.

“We have also been encouraging clean dog walking and giving away free doggie bags and key rings because we recognise the importance of looking after the environment and encouraging responsible dog ownership.”