Fraserburgh shopkeepers were invited to a meeting at Banff & Buchan College last Thursday to discuss potential solutions to the high street decline of recent years.
Councillor Michael Watt’s “Fraserburgh Way Forward” proposal was, he suggested, highly successful and provided positive feedback from the local businesses.
Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, Mr. Watt said:
“The meeting was organised to look at solutions for the town centre.
“It was a very positive result with fifty people attending to voice their concerns about the issue.”
Concerning the likelihood of those concerns being resolved in the immediate future, the councillor added:
“Some are achievable and we will look at ways to implement those in further meetings.
“We want to show that the people of Fraserburgh have what it takes to get the town back on track.”
Suggestions for ways to improve the town included general maintenance of Broad Street, a review of the “Pay & Display” parking in the town, and ways in which franchises could be attracted to open shop in Fraserburgh.
Concerning ways to improve upon the “threatening” atmosphere associated with the town centre, CCTV implementation was flagged by a participant of the meeting.
CCTV is the focal point of an on-going issue in Fraserburgh regarding its use in a fixed or mobile format, and its continued prominence in the community will lend credence to Fraserburgh CCTV Working Group’s claims that residents believe that town centre CCTV is a “high priority”.