Bid made for Peterhead Fishermen's Mission centre

A bid has been lodged to buy the Fishermen's Mission building in Peterhead as the fishing charity vows to stay in the town.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 19th September 2016, 12:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:04 pm
The Mission building in Peterhead has been put up for sale.
The Mission building in Peterhead has been put up for sale.

The Mission building on Union Street is the subject of a bid from an unknown developer - believed to be from England.

Alison Godfrey, Director of Fundraising for the Fishermen’s Mission, said: “We have received an offer on the building which is going through the process.”

If the bid is successful it is likely that only part of the current building, if any, will remain as the Fishermen’s Mission.

Ms Godfrey said: “The whole building will not still be a Fishermen’s Mission.

“Whenever it is sold if we are able to rent a part of it then we will but the whole building we don’t envisage will be a Mission.”

The news comes a few months after a local group, headed by Stephen Bruce, started their own campaign to try and fund the buying of the Mission building.

It was Save the Mission’s aim to retain the building as a Fishermen’s Mission for the use of the fishing and wider community of Peterhead.

Regarding the current bid Mr Bruce said: “We are delighted if the Mission continues the way it is but if there is a lot of changes then that will be sad.”

While it still remains unclear how much of the current building will be used as a Mission if the current bid is successful, Ms Godfrey was keen to stress that the Fishermen’s Mission, and its Superintendent Stephen Murray, would still have a presence in the town.

Ms Godfrey said: “We very much will be staying in Peterhead and our superintendent will continue to offer the same service that he offers now.”

If the Fishermen’s Mission is unable to secure a space in the Union Street building they will seek to rent another space in the town.

No price has been set for the Union Street centre by selling agent FG Burnett but the Save the Mission group believed they would need to raise in the region of £160,000 to buy the building.

The group had formed in July 2016 after the building was listed for sale and were working on raising that figure to buy the Fishermen’s Mission centre.