Committee to await results of the public consultation

Artist's impression of the Aberdeenshire 4 Towns report improvement suggestions for Peterhead's Marischal Street.
Artist's impression of the Aberdeenshire 4 Towns report improvement suggestions for Peterhead's Marischal Street.

Members of the Buchan Area Committee decided not to comment on plans to improve Peterhead town centre at their meeting on Tuesday.

Councillors refused to discuss anything in the Aberdeenshire 4 Towns report until the plans had been put to members of the public.

Councillor Jim Ingram suggested they defer until their next meeting in May which was backed by cllr Stuart Pratt who deemed the idea “reasonable”.

Fellow cllr Stephen Smith added: ”There is a lot to comment on and we should not make it look as if anything has been set in stone.”

Proposals in the Aberdeenshire 4 Towns plan include remodeling Broad Street to feature arcades, kiosks and cafes as well as redeveloping Arbuthnot House as either a quality hotel, residential accomodation or offices.

In a report to councillors compiled by HRI Architects, Marischal Street was described as “drab”, “inhospitable” and “lacking in interest, quality and vitality”, while Drummers Corner was called “An unlovely focal point for the “prime” retail pitch; the problems are made worse by gloomy, unlit corners and vacant units.”

New banners and lighting have been proposed to provide resources for festivals and other events along with improving existing streetscape to provide weather protection in the hope it will increase footfall and attractiveness to the public.

The report also recommends a review into access and car parking, particularly through Chapel Street.

The Buchan Area Committee and members of the public have been asked to make comments on the plans before a report is sent to the Policy and Resources Committee in June.