Julia Park Barry of Glasgow

PETERHEAD PORT AUTHORITY CEO JOHN WALLACE DISCUSSES THE POSSIBLE SITES FOR THE NEW LIFEBOAT MUSEUM.(BUCHAN/BROWN)
PETERHEAD PORT AUTHORITY CEO JOHN WALLACE DISCUSSES THE POSSIBLE SITES FOR THE NEW LIFEBOAT MUSEUM.(BUCHAN/BROWN)

Peterhead Lifeboat Museum Trust members are to look at alternative sites for housing the Julia Park Barryof Glasgow, following a barrage of complaints from South Road residents.

At a public meeting at the town’s Palace Hotel on Tuesday, Trust chairman, John Wallace, promised residents that alternatives sites to the upper Lido embankment would be investigated by the board.

However, if none of these were deemend suitable, he said the museum building would, if all funding bids were successful, be built at the Lido site.

More than 200 letters of objection had been received by Aberdeenshire Council’s planning department against outline plans to build the museum at the South Road location.

However, only eight residents turned up at Tuesday’s meeting to voice their opposition to the plans.

Mr Wallace said that the Julia Park Barry had been gifted to the town of Peterhead by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie and it had been viewed as a very generous gift.

“We want to build a bespoke facility to house the Julia Park Barry. Funding is available through various routes and that is looking promising.

“If this funding is secured then we can move ahead with our building aspirations. If that’s not successful then our fallback position is to go and generally fundraise to purchase a facility if one is identified.”

The meeting was told that around 8,000 visitors per year were expected to the museum with approximately 3,000 of those coming from visitors to the marina.

Mr Wallace said the Lido site chosen was not the trust’s first option, stating: “We were advised that this was possibly the best site to secure planning peermission.

“We have asked for other sites to be identified and we are willing to listen and them these suggestions back to the board and review their merits,” he said.

Objector Linda Buchan, who lives on South Road, asked why the museum could not be located at the harbour.

“It would be perfect in the old Dolphin Cafe location at the old fishmarket site. That building is only used once a year and it would be the perfect place for it,” she said.

“People could visit the museum and look out at a working harbour at the same time and they’re not far from the Mission or the Dolphin cafe. It would put Peterhead on the map if you put it there,” she said.

Mr Wallace said that the old fishmarket was being earmarked for a health and safety training facility for harbour staff.

It was also suggested that the old weighbridge site could be used, or the old weighbridge could be utilised, using the current weighbridge site for the museum building - next to the existing lifeboat shed.

Mr Wallace said that all suggestions would now be taken back to the board and that a further public meeting would be held later in the year to disucss the outcome.

“Rest assured we will investigate all options,” he added.