Public’s views sought on New Pitsligo bakery bid

John Smith Bakery in New Pitsligo.
John Smith Bakery in New Pitsligo.

RESIDENTS in New Pitsligo will have the opportunity to discuss and give their views on the future of the John Smith &Sons Bakery at an event to be held in the village next week.

The event is planned to take place in New Pitsligo on Wednesday, November 13 from 2pm to 7pm at the St Johns Centre.

The drop-in session is part of wider consultation exercise which has been taking place in the village over the past couple of months.

With the intended retirement of John Smith, there is a proposal to keep the bakery business in New Pitsligo.

Fraserburgh Development Trust has recently received Lottery funding to carry out the consultation exercise and for the design team to work on the layout and design of the proposed new bakery.

Members of the design team will be at the event to discuss the scheme with local people.

The family bakers of John Smith & Sons have been in the village of New Pitsligo since 1903, based at the premises which have been added to over the years.

However, to continue requires a complete overhaul and revamp and this means the establishment of a new and growing bakery on the edge of the village but retaining a shop on the High Street.

This will be a ‘social firm’ providing training services to the young and disadvantaged in the area.

For the village, its shops and businesses are important facilities for the wellbeing of the community.

Fraserburgh Development Trust chairman Ian Watson said:“The consultation has been ongoing for some time, with the local school also visiting the bakery and doing a project on it and this event is the next stage in getting local people’s feedback.

“We need local people’s views to provide community support in order to encourage the organisations that can provide the funding that will allow this project to go ahead.”

The proposed site for the new bakery is off Church Street and there will be a range of drawings and architect’s illustrations depicting the proposed development.

“We hope that as many local people as possible will take this opportunity to come along and view the drawings and talk about this project and its importance to the village,” added Mr Watson.