Peterhead Sea Cadets have been given the go-ahead for a boat storage yard at the Lido.
The local TS Caledonia unit was shown the green light after a close 6-5 vote by councillors on Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Committee which met last week.
Located at the foot of a slope which suffered a serious landslip two years ago, the storage yard was recommended for approval by planners.
They urged councillors to consider the application on its own merits rather than take into consideration the previous landslip issue.
But with some 25 letters of objection to the current plans, councillors were divided on the issue.
Councillor Stephen Smith said that while the landslip had quite clearly angered local residents, he felt it was unfair that the Sea Cadets unit was suffering the backlash.
But he stressed that both councillors and residents alike needed assurances from either the council planning team or outside experts that the creation of the storage yard would not cause a repeat of the landslip and would not cause any damage to the slope, Mackenzie Crescent or the Lido site itself.
But fellow councillor Tom Malone said he was “alarmed and concerned” at the council report recommending approval. He said he completely agreed with the view of the Mackenzie Crescent residents, adding : “I think the Lido should be retained as a leisure and beauty spot.”
Recommending refusal of the application he suggested the Sea Cadets look for another site away from the landslip area. His motion was seconded by Cllr Alan Gardiner.
At the subsequent vote, however, the committee backed the proposals by six votes to five.
The compound is required for the secure storage of boats and canoes utilised by the Sea Cadets and is required to be located close to the slip where the boats enter the water at the Marina. Currently, boats are stored within the harbour compound which is impractical given that young children have difficultly in moving the boats from this area.