A multimillion-pound regeneration project to improve Fraserburgh has received the remainder of the funding needed to start the work.
Fraserburgh 2021 has been awarded £1.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring the working capital for the project to £5.7 million.
The rest of the money will be made up by £1.4 million from Aberdeenshire Council, £1.2 million from Historic Environment Scotland, £600,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and $700,00 from private owner contributions.
Fraserburgh Councillor Brian Topping, Chairman of Fraserburgh’s Regeneration Group, said he was “over the moon”.
He said: “There has been a lot of hard work and dedication from our council officers to raise the funding to improve the town.
“The Regeneration Group have invited local businesses in the community to come and join in.”
Cllr Topping was keen to stress that regeneration was not just about the council but the whole community.
He said: “Everyone is going to have a part to play.”
Charles Buchan, Councillor for Fraserburgh and District, said he was “absolutely delighted” that the funding had been secured after being involved with the project “from the start”.
He said: “It has taken a long time but these things don’t happen right away.
“Five or six million pounds is a lot of money going into the town.”
The project’s principal aim is to support the regeneration of the town’s built heritage.
Priority projects include improving historic properties in Saltoun Square such as the Town House and Police Station, which are both in need of repair.
Grants will also be made available to help private property owners carry out repairs to properties within the town centre Conservation Area.
Local heritage projects will be carried out with local groups including Fraserburgh schools.
David Aitchison, Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), said: “The announcement of the last of the funding to allow this project to go ahead is a great vote of confidence for Fraserburgh businesses and communities.
“This is a significant and very visible project which is an integral part of regeneration plans for the town and I hope local property owners will continue to work with us to bring up the quality of the town centre generally, which should have a positive impact on the Conservation Area and the wider community.”
Applications for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for improvement works to the Town House and Police Station have now been submitted. Designed in 1853 by architect Thomas Mackenzie, the Town House is category B-listed.
The police station was added in 1906, designed to match its neighbour, but is currently unused.