Motion for support of town centre tourist information backed

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses currently houses the visitor information centre.
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses currently houses the visitor information centre.

Banff and Buchan councillors supported, in principle, the return of an information centre in Fraserburgh’s town centre at the last meeting of the area committee on Tuesday, June 17.

Local Councillor Ian Tait had made a notice of motion at the committee to support, in principle only, Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern housing a tourist information centre in their new High Street establishment.

The motion aims to, without prejudice, support any other potential business in their efforts to provide tourist information.

“I think it’s important that we recognise there is an opportunity here that Mr Forsyth could provide,” Councillor Tait told his peers.

“I think the principle is that we support the tourist information centre coming back to where it should be,” added Councillor Brian Topping, referencing it’s former town centre location.

Currently based in the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses for the period of at least one year, Councillor Michael Roy wished to see no change to the status quo, suggesting that the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses had an “important part” to play in the town’s regeneration.

Councillor Mark Findlater supported his view, citing the increase in footfall at the information centre while it has been based in the Museum.

Councillor Charles Buchan, meanwhile, only wished for the councillors to support a return of the information to the town centre, removing references to any businesses.

Ultimately, however, Councillor Tait’s motion was supported by three votes to two, councillors Duncan, Findlater, Partridge and Roy lodging a no vote.