Community council back VIC move to town centre

Council Chambers, Saltoun Square.
Council Chambers, Saltoun Square.

Fraserburgh’s community council supported Councillor Ian Tait’s notice of motion made to the Banff and Buchan Area Committee last week.

The issue was discussed at the last meeting of the Fraserburgh Community Council before the summer break, the group meeting again on August 18.

Councillor Tait’s motion had been circulated around the meeting ahead of the issue being discussed. The motion itself, however, had been worded differently at the area committee after the councillor was asked to make changes in order to, without prejudice, support any business wishing to provide tourist information.

At the area committee last week, Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait had told his peers: “I think it’s important that we recognise there is an opportunity here that Mr Forsyth could provide.”

Dennis Forsyth, owner of Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern, it was revealed, had purchased a property on High Street in order to expand his own business and, in turn, provide tourist information.

The motion at area committee had been backed by a vote of three votes to two.

“I think the principle is that we support the tourist information centre coming back to where it should be,” said Councillor Brian Topping.

Concerns, however, were raised that councillors were now going to be associated with a commercial venture, whilst other councillors felt that the status quo, of the visitor information centre being based at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, should continue to be supported.

Councillor Michael Roy had voiced his opinion that the museum had an “important” part to play in the regeneration of Fraserburgh.

Other issues discussed at the monthly meeting of the Fraserburgh Community Council included the number of incidents logged to Police Scotland via the telephone number 101, which stood at 393 in the last month, and the issue of vandalism, which the representative from Police Scotland explained was “frustrating” to deal with unless witnesses come forward.

Public drinking, meanwhile, is continuing to be policed by fixed penalty notices and the confiscation of the offending alcohol.

The next meeting of the Fraserburgh Community Council takes place at 7pm on August 18 at the Chambers.