Peterhead regeneration “still on track”

Councillors Martin Kitts-Hayes, Stuart Pratt and Richard Thomson are urging the community to have their say
Councillors Martin Kitts-Hayes, Stuart Pratt and Richard Thomson are urging the community to have their say

Aberdeenshire Council co-leaders Martin Kitts-Hayes and Richard Thomson visited Peterhead last week to pledge their support towards the regeneration of the town.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Mr Kitts-Hayes said: “The arrival of a new administration means there are new ideas being brought to the table but there are a number of issues and problems that need to be addressed.

“We need to find out which issues need to be our priorities for the future.”

Mr Kitts-Hayes said he valued the work going on behind the scenes so far as he explained: “Regeneration is a tag word that people like to use but we want to make it strategic.

“We’ve had a Regeneration Officer Working Group in action over the last 18 months and there is a lot of good stuff going on with town centre shops, but we are aware there are wider issues to deal with.

“In Peterhead we have identified issues with education, social work and housing, problems aren’t just found in the town centre.”

Mr Thomson added: “With this regeneration, we want to create a sense of pride in Peterhead and we want to make this a place that people want to live and work.”

Mr Kitts-Hayes agreed by saying: “Peterhead has got tremendous assets but better education results and diversifying its economy will be a huge help.

“This isn’t going to take six months or five years, this may take 20 or 30 years but that is the level of commitment we have to the town.

“What we want to do, or be able to do, is meet with officials and the chair of education to discuss what we have to do to make Peterhead Academy’s results better.

“One thing that could come out is that we need a new academy - there currently aren’t any plans for one but if that’s what is needed then we will do what we can to make that happen.

He added: “The town centre regeneration will broaden but it is still on track.”