MSP puts pressure on Aldi

The Kirkburn Mill site
The Kirkburn Mill site

MSP Stewart Stevenson has contacted Aldi after receiving concerns from local residents over a lack of progress at the former Kirkburn Mill site in Peterhead.

Aldi secured planning permission to build a store on the site but, to date, this prominent piece of land on the approach to the town centre remains undeveloped.

Stewart Stevenson said: “I am pleased that ALDI have confirmed their commitment to Peterhead and it does appear that work is going on in the background in order to get to a position where construction on the site can start.

“This site on the main approach to Peterhead Town Centre has lain vacant for too long and has been a source of vandalism around the perimeter hoardings.

“Aldi recognise that the local community is keen to see this move forward and I trust we can see some evidence of this on the ground before too long.”

In his letter to Mr Stevenson, ALDI Managing Director Richard Holloway said: “We are now undertaking a series of complex tests to fully assess the works required to build a store on the site. We are of course working to start construction as soon as possible and understand from previous engagement that the community are eager to see the store opened.”

Peterhead North & Rattray councillor Anne Allan added: “I think everyone in the town is keen to see progress made and the site developed in the very near future.”