Town regeneration review

Aberdeenshire Council are to review their strategy for regenerating the town centre
Aberdeenshire Council are to review their strategy for regenerating the town centre

Aberdeenshire Council are to review their approach to regenerating Peterhead and other towns in the north of the area.

The local authority’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC) has agreed a timetable for a review, following a change of the council’s administration earlier this year.

However, members of the committee were keen to stress this does not mean ongoing projects will stall, rather it is a ‘chance to build on success and refocus if necessary’.

The Blue Toon is currently part of the Four Towns Programme, along with Banff, Macduff and Fraserburgh; a scheme which aims to rejuvenate the town centres.

It was created in 2014 and delivery was being progressed through 24 month action plans, developed in consultation with communities and councillors.

The ISC last week approved a timetable for review over the next six months, continuing to concentrate regeneration on Aberdeenshire’s northern towns, including Peterhead.

Regarding their review to the approach, an Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “The committee wants to explore a fresh take on regeneration, potentially moving away from a focus on town centres to a wider area approach, taking into account recent employment issues which have arisen.

“Councillors agreed it is a further chance for the council to engage with local communities and hold discussions with partners, including local business.”

As efforts are concentrated on northern towns, members of the Banff & Buchan Area Committees will be involved.