It is looking as if Fraserburgh’s caravan site, which the operators reckon is largely unchanged since the 1970s, is to have a make-over.
A long-term lease has been obtained by the operators, which will give them the confidence to invest further.
They want to encourage more people not only to come to the town but to stay longer. More visitors means more money will be spent in local businesses, recreational facilities and visitor attractions.
There is an ambitious plan to upgrade the park ground, the toilet/laundry facilities and to replace the Wi-Fi system as the present one cannot cope with the demand from visitors.
There is also a plan to have residential caravans for hire. There are daily calls from families who want to stay in the area and visit the beautiful Broch, but find accommodation hard to locate.
Co-director Jim Clark said: “We had hoped to start the upgrade for the opening of this season but planning permission could not be applied for until the lease had been agreed and signed off, which took several months, and is still with the planners at Aberdeenshire Council. We also have to raise the finance needed to undertake the work and are actively seeking grants and financial assistance.
“We have been fortunate to have the backing of Councillor Ian Tait who has been with us every step of the way and his advice and assistance when dealing with the various departments of Aberdeenshire Council has been outstanding and is greatly appreciated.”
Councillor Tait told us: “I was approached by the operators about a year ago asking my help to get their lease sorted out. I spent some considerable time dealing with the council’s Economic Development and Estates departments and eventually a long term lease was granted. This entitles them to apply for grants to provide first class facilities.
“I contacted the council officer who deals with publicising the council’s caravan sites and the Fraserburgh site received better marketing coverage as a result.
“I am sure the park’s star grading will rise even further after the improvements inducing even more visitors. The whole effort will result in an exceptional asset for the town. To further improve the park, I recently arranged at the operators’ request for more trees to be planted.
Cllr Tait concluded: “It is part of my efforts to get the whole beach area revitalised as a tourist and recreational asset. There cannot be any caravan site with such a spectacular view as this one has, overlooking Fraserburgh’s beautiful beach.”