Council and Police attend meeting

Police Scotland.
Police Scotland.

A representative of Police Scotland was in attendance atthis week’s meeting of the Fraserburgh Community Council.

The officer gave an update on the level of crime occuring in the town and answered questions from the group.

They reported that, since the last update in January, there had been 422 incidents reported to the police.

These included 25 assaults, six shopliftings, and 14 acts of vandalism.

For the same period last year, there had been 31 acts of vandalism, it had been revealed.

Furthermore, there are still 61 ongoing enquiries and several incidents of juvenile crimes.

Councillor Charles Buchan of Fraserburgh and District asked the representative if there had been any deliberate fireraising since the last update, to which the spokesperson said: “Not that I’m aware of.”

The issue of abandoned cars being left on Castle Terrace was again raised to Police Scotland’s attention, meanwhile.

Vice-chair Mary Melville asked the officer: “How many of your prosecutions have been successful?”

The officer responded: “We don’t actually get the numbers back from the service.

“It’s a huge time monster,” he explained, checking court records.

Councillor Ian Tait, also Fraserburgh and District, added that there was an analyst employed by the police who compiles figures. He was unaware if they had figures of that nature, however.

George Esslemont, secretary of the community council, also revealed that the group had received confirmation that the police station in Fraserburgh would be open from 7am to 12am seven days a week.

Matt Davies, a waste management officer at Aberdeenshire Council, later gave a short presentation on the new recycling measures set to roll out in Fraserburgh in March.

Mr Davies explained that, due to the Scottish Government’s recycling targets, the need to collect food waste was introduced.

Plastic film, including crisp packets, meanwhile, would not be collected in the new 240 litre, blue-topped bins. Mr Davies did explain, however, that homes who do not want the large bin could exchange it for a smaller, 140L bin by contacting the service.

The blue-topped bins will be collected fortnightly.

With the introduction of food waste collections, homes will receive two smaller caddies in March. A smaller, blue caddy will be kept in the home to collect scraps of food, including bones, and then transferred to a larger, green caddy - which is lockable to prevent seagulls raiding them - for a weekly collection.

Free, biodegradable bags would be provided for the small caddy. Homes will receive a roll of 20 of these for the first week, and are replenished free of charge by tying the last bag to the handle of the green caddy. Glass, however, will have to be physically taken to recycling points by the occupant.

The first collection date is set for March 17.