Broch beach upgrades please local councillor

Councillor Brian Topping at Fraserburgh's beach.
Councillor Brian Topping at Fraserburgh's beach.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Brian Topping has welcomed news that 12 new benches will be placed across Fraserburgh’s beach.

One of the many tourist attractions that the area offers, summer often sees the local beach packed with tourists and locals alike enjoying the sun, sea and sand.

“I’ve had a number of things looked at - from the mechanical rake for the beach to the new seating,” Councillor Topping told us last week.

He added: “I’m disappointed they weren’t here for the start of the holidays, but these things take time.”

The SNP councillor, however, declared his delight that the existing stone benches had been moved up the esplanade, offering seating opportunities for walkers and those looking to take in the sights.

He also told us that new play equipment was scheduled for the beach which would see the existing play area closed for a short period of time while the works were completed.

Councillor Topping, this summer, has already called on beach users to play their part in keeping the area safe and clean, hitting out at litter and vandalism which had seen a storage unit, formerly used for the miniature train at the beach, damaged.

Repairs to the toilet and pavillion areas, however, he said, was a step in the right direction.

“I’m disappointed it’s taken a year,” he said, in regards to the repairs and works to the toilets at the beach, “but I’m just glad it’s being chased up. I’m pleased to see these things coming to fruition.”

The 12 new benches, which will provide back support, are expected to be played over the next two years, with six scheduled for this year and the remaining six for 2015.

Aberdeenshire Council have been contacted for a comment on the works at Fraserburgh’s beach.