Big step forward for Broch regeneration

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Fraserburgh regeneration has taken a massive step forward after the council agreed to have only local members on the town’s partnership.

Councillors had argued at the Banff & Buchan Area Committee earlier this month that only local ward members should be able to sit upon the Fraserburgh, Banff and Macduff Partnerships instead of the two out of five strategy proposed by the Infrastructure Services Committee.

Fraserburgh councillor Brian Topping, who sits on the ISC and who was one of the three councillors in favour of the last strategy, said the council had listened.

He said: “If that’s what the area committee want then lets give full autonomy to the area.

“It’s good to see the partnership listen to local voices.”

The councillor also thinks it is now time to strive on and get the community involved in the regeneration of the town.

He said: “Regeneration is not just about what the council is doing, it’s about what everyone in the community is doing.”

Troup councillor Hamish Partridge, who was in favour of seeing all local members making up the partnerships, said he is“delighted that the ISC has listened to was said”.

He said: “We need to move on now and start getting things done.

“We’re going to look at what has been previously happened and what has not happened.”

Cllr Partridge echoed Cllr Topping’s thoughts, stating that businesses and community groups now had to get involved.

He said: “It can’t just be a council led thing, it has to be everyone working together.”