Help us to help our town urges community council

PETERHEAD Community Council is hoping that local businesses will rally round in support of a plan to help retivalise the town in the run-up to Christmas.

Plans to provide free town centre car parking on the four Saturdays in December are at an early stage, but input is being sought from town centre businesses as to whether the idea would be viable and if they would be willing to contribute to any costs incurred.

Community council secretary, Gordon Farman, said that the free car parking proposals would hopefully help boost trade in the town centre in the run-up to Christmas.

Speaking to the Buchanie on Friday, Mr Farman said that the community council was keen to do as much as possible to help revitalise the town, which has seen a number of shops close in the past year.

“We have a number of discussions ongoing at the moment, but one idea is to make the town centre car parks free to the public on the four Saturdays in December,” he said.

“Hopefully that would encourage people to stay in town to do their shopping instead of heading into Aberdeen.

“Initial contact has been made with Aberdeenshire Council as to any possible cost incurred to them, but the community council’s plan is to contribute something twards that cost for at least one of the Saturdays.

“We are hoping that town centre businesses will welcome the idea and we would like to hear their views.

“We are really appealing to these businesses because they are the most important people in this and the community council is keen to do as much as possible to help our traders and hopefully revitalise our town.”

The community council meets once a month in Arbuthnot House and any trader wishing to put across their views can go along to any of the meetings.

“We don’t just want to hear about the free car parking plan, we want to hear of any suggestions as to how to improve the town, or any complaints that traders may have,” said Mr Farman.

“We really do want to help and working together with local businesses will hopefully mean that we can breathe some life back into our town centre and boost the local economy,” he added.