An application for the development of land near Fraserburgh’s new Asda store for the creation of a Home Bargains has been met positively by readers of The Fraserburgh Herald.
News had broken last week regarding the plans following several weeks of rumours that the land had been earmarked for such a development online.
Having revealed the plans last Tuesday, we asked our readers to have their say on what effect a Home Bargains would have on the town, recent events such as the potential move of the tourist information centre bringing the issue to the fore.
However, readers were generally optimistic with the proposals, the post attracting over 1,000 unique views in two days.
Reader Grace Nibloe commented: “I think it would be great for the town . . . hope they do come.”
“It would be really good!
“Don’t understand why folk would go against having a place like Home Bargains, would fairly make a difference,” Melissa Watson said.
Charlie Mcdonald posted: “Any new shop or store coming to the Broch should be welcomed with open arms!
“I understand that there are a few hard working but sadly struggling locally owned businesses in and around the town centre, but, if I’m being honest, I haven’t shopped in the town centre for a long time because there’s nothing I need there due to the lack of variety and the eyesore of boarded up windows.
“It doesn’t make the Broadgate a very appealing place to go,” he said, making it clear that it was his personal opinion that may not be shared.
He added: “The Broch has to move with the times, especially when it comes to shops/ stores, wherever they are located in the town.”
Plans for the new store had been submitted to Aberdeenshire Council earlier this month by Halliday Fraser Munro (agent) on behalf of their client, T/A T J Morris Ltd (Home Bargains).
It seeks full planning permission for the erection of a class one retail unit, the formation of an access and the associated engineering works on land between Watermill Road and the B9031 Fraserburgh to Sandhaven road.
Members of the public have until October 2 to submit a public comment on the application at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk.