More than 100 folk attend meeting to improve town

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A PUBLIC meeting called by a group of concerned Peterhead residents has been hailed a success.

More than 100 people, including local councillors, turned out last Tuesday to discuss what can be done to improve the town after chums Carol Anne Murphy and Judi Alexander set up a nostalgic Facebook page, ‘Peterhead when you were a kid.’

Carol-Anne’s husband Gary kicked the meeting off, saying: “You are all here because you want to make changes within the town. There’s no political agenda here, just a group of people who want to see things change for the better.”

Some of the ideas being discussed included a cinema for the town and further leisure facilities including bowling and a youth club, and a better shopping experience.

One woman said: “We need some kind of leisure centre. People would travel from Mintlaw and other places to spend their money, instead of being forced to go to Aberdeen to spend it.”

One man called for cobbles on Marischall Street to be “done away with” while another suggested that the old British Legion building be considered for a youth club. Peterhead Jog Scotland’s Steven Bruce argued that Councillors were not representing what the people wanted, prompting one businessman to encourage people to vote in local elections and ensure that they get the leadership they desire.

Other concerns raised included the state of the old Kirkburn mill site and the allocation of council housing.

Councillor Stephen Smith said afterwards: “The organisers of tonight’s meeting deserve congratulations on an excellent turnout. I look forward to working with the committee and will certainly offer any assistance I can in taking things forward.”