Wetherspoon could open by August

The Saltoun Hotel, Fraserburgh.
The Saltoun Hotel, Fraserburgh.

Details have this week emerged that reveal Fraserburgh’s former Saltoun Hotel could re-open as a Wetherspoon bar and hotel by August.

Banff and Buchan councillors had previously approved JD Wetherspoon’s bid to convert the former town centre hotel into a bar at a meeting of the area committee in 2011.

Since then little activity has taken place at the derelict building, prompting speculation that the plans were either on hold or had been dropped. The Fraserburgh Herald can today reveal, however, that it is hoped doors will open to the public by August, 2014.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesperson for Wetherspoon, commented: “We are looking forward to opening a pub and hotel in Fraserburgh.

“At present there are no on site or opening dates, though we are aiming to having both the pub and hotel open by August this year.

“We believe this will be good for the town and also act as a catalyst for other companies to invest in Fraserburgh.”

Wetherspoon’s planning application, when fulfilled, will see the town centre, three-storey establishment open with 10 hotel rooms over the second and third floors. The ground and first floors will house a customer area, toilets and staff facilities.

Prior to Wetherspoon’s interest in the Saltoun Hotel, there had been plans to convert the building into a house of multiple occupancy.