Councillor welcomes conservation hope

Councillor Charles Buchan.
Councillor Charles Buchan.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Charles Buchan has welcomed news that Fraserburgh’s town centre may soon be protected.

Plans have been revealed to the councillor that Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services are to move on a proposal to designate Fraserburgh’s town centre as a conservation area.

Welcoming the news, Councillor Buchan, who has backed the suggestion since his election in 2012, said: “Fraserburgh has got so many interesting and historic buildings that most other towns of a similar size would give their eye-teeth to have.”

He added: “I think this is a great step forward for the Broch, and it will take us up to level with our neighbouring town centres which have had conservation area status for many years.

“I would like the community of Fraserburgh to support this move, which will help in the much-needed improvement of the town centre.”

A drop-in session for local businesses and residents to argue for and against the proposal will be available at the next Super Saturday event on July 12.

Should the move be successful, however, the town centre would have access to funding opportunities from Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund which would allow fo repairs on property projects and for training and education.