Former pool and youthie gets bulldozed

Fraserburgh's new Swimming Pool.
Fraserburgh's new Swimming Pool.
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Fraserburgh’s former swimming pool and youth centre, near Fraserburgh Academy, was bulldozed on Monday, July 7.

Banff and Buchan councillors had previously debated the future of the buildings at a meeting of the area committee earlier this year.

The two buildings, to the rear of Fraserburgh Academy, had been left disused with the opening of the new Sports and Community Centre.

Councillors, however, were taken to a vote on the officer’s recommendation to demolish the buildings and return the site to grass after Fraserburgh and district councillor Michael Watt suggested it would be a “waste” to demolish the building.

Alan Whyte,head of property and facilities management at Aberdeenshire Council, had revealed to councillors that the buildings were now deemed surplus to requirements to the council at the meeting in March, saying that Fraserburgh Academy would retain the ground.

At the meeting, Councillor Watt had said: “I think, myself, that would make an ideal private leisure club.

“I don’t see the point in demolishing a real asset.”

A vote of 8-2, however, has seen the former swimming and leisure facilities fated to their demolition this week.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson confirmed to us this week that the site will still be retained by Fraserburgh Academy and that it will be returned to grass.