Bid to revisit naming fails

A bid was made to revisit the decision made by the Banff and Buchan Area Committee over the naming of a new housing development near Quarry Road.

It had been proposed at last month’s meeting of the group that the new street be called either William Wallace Way or Wallace Way after suggestions for the name were received by the local councillors.

Fraserburgh’s community council group had also given the local members suggestions for names, where the name William Wallace had been suggested by a member of the group.

It had appeared that a decision to conclude the naming of the street had been made before standing orders had been abandoned and the decision was deferred to a meeting of the full council which is set to meet on June 19.

However, at the May 6 meeting of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, Councillor Charles Buchan attempted to return to the issue, suggesting that councillors abandon standing orders once more.

With the absence of Councillor Michael Watt from this month’s meeting of the group, Councillor Buchan needed the backing of at least five other present and voting members.

Councillors Brian Topping, John Cox, Hamish Partridge and Ian Gray each voted to support the bid. Councillors Michael Findlater, Michael Roy, Ian Tait and John Duncan, meanwhile, did not. As it stands, a decision on the new street will be made in June.