Port calls meeting on Lido museum proposals

THE JULIA PARK BARRY IS LIFTED BY CRANE ON TO A TEMPORARY SITE WHERE SHE WILL BE RENOVATED IN  PETERHEAD HARBOUR.(RAE/BROWN)

THE JULIA PARK BARRY IS LIFTED BY CRANE ON TO A TEMPORARY SITE WHERE SHE WILL BE RENOVATED IN PETERHEAD HARBOUR.(RAE/BROWN)

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Peterhead Lifeboat Museum Trust is to meet with members of the public over controversial plans to site a maritime museum at the town’s Lido.

The Trust recently took ownership of the Julia Park Barry of Glasgow lifeboat after the vessel was gifted to the port by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie.

Ambitious plans were drawn up to create a visitor centre to house the lifeboat - the port’s longest serving rescue vessel - with two sites at the upper and lower embankment at the Lido earmarked for the base.

However, Aberdeenshire Council has received around 200 objections to the outline plans, with many residents of the area citing road safety and congestion issues as their main concerns.

Banff and Buchan College, which operates the Maritime Academy at the Lido, also raised concerns over stability of the embankment.

Now, the Trust has revealed that its current application will be withdrawn to allow investigation into residents’ complaints. And a public meeting has been arranged for Tuesday, June 11 at the town’s Palace Hotel at 6pm to allow discussion to take place.

Trust convener, John Wallace told the Buchanie: “We are willing to consider any alternative sites that may be suggested at the meeting. We are looking for a site with no annual charge, available for lease between 60 and 10 years and close to a cafe. There also needs to be parking for at least eight vehicles.” he added.

If no alternative site can be found the trust will lodge a fresh application for the Lido site.