Nonpolitical names for Broch councillor

Councillor Ian Tait.
Councillor Ian Tait.

A Fraserburgh councillor has suggested his names for the Merryhillock housing development stating a preference for the nonpolitical.

Ian Tait, Councillor for Fraserburgh and District, has put forward his ideas for the street names at Merryhillock and is keen to keep politics out of it.

Councillor Tait said: “None of the names I am suggesting is political.

“All political parties SNP, Conservative, Liberal and those of no party could live in a street with those names I have suggested.”

The Independent councillor is also keen to avoid repetition at the new development.

He said: “I do not like repeated names like Merryhillock Place and Merryhillock Street because that can be confusing.

“I would like to see a different name for each street.”

Names suggested by the councillor include Merryhillock Road, Ferguson Drive - named after John Ferguson OBE and former Rector of Fraserburgh Academy and Carrick Street after Alexander Carrick who created the War Memorial ‘Justice Guiding Valour’.

Councillor Tait would also opt for Queen Elizabeth Avenue.

He said: “I am particularly keen to commemorate the fact that the Queen will be the longest serving monarch in our history and so have suggested her name for the longest street.”

Fraserburgh’s international fashion designer Bill Gibb and poet of the Scottish literary renaissance George Bruce would also feature with Gibb Circle and Bruce Street respectively.

Charles Rawden Maclean, an opponent of slavery who went by the alias John Ross would also be honoured with Ross Circle.

An Aberdeenshire Council Spokeswoman said: “As the local roads authority, Aberdeenshire Council is responsible for the naming and numbering of new roads, which is done in consultation with local members and the community council.

“If an agreement cannot be reached, then the matter is passed on to the relevant Area Committee for a final decision.”