Travelodge opening hailed as boost for Peterhead regeneration

Councillors Fiona McRae and Anne Allan at the new Peterhead Travelodge in Chapel Street
Councillors Fiona McRae and Anne Allan at the new Peterhead Travelodge in Chapel Street

Local councillors Fiona McRae and Anne Allan have hailed the opening of the new Travelodge in Peterhead as a tremendous boost for the town centre.

The new hotel in Chapel Street officially opens today (Tuesday) at a ceremony to be attended by Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal, amongst others.

The development has transformed a semi-derelict part of the town centre and has saved the eastern façade of the street from demolition.

Cllr Fiona McRae said: “The former flats in Chapel Street have been a long-running issue and it’s great to see this development come to fruition with a new business coming to Peterhead and redeveloping the site.

“This is a huge boost for the regeneration of Peterhead Town Centre, brings life back to what was previously a very run-down building, and also brings another quality brand to Peterhead.”

Cllr Anne Allan added: “While I’m delighted that Aberdeenshire Council has over £1.5million allocated to assist with regeneration in Peterhead, private investment is a huge part of the process and this is an excellent example.

“There’s a lot going on currently in terms of investment in Peterhead.

“Work will begin shortly to upgrade the area at the Clerkhill shops; we’re seeing plans for a new academy move forward; Peterhead Port Authority are continuing their expansion, assisted by Scottish Government funding; and we’re seeing new businesses such as Travelodge moving into the town centre.

“It’s all very encouraging and I’m keen to see more done, but this is a good start.”