Could Sainsburys be heading to town?

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SUPERMARKET giant Sainsburys could be heading to Peterhead in the not too distant future.

While news of Aldi’s decision not to progress with the former Kirkburn Mill site in Peterhead was confirmed last week, Peterhead Community Council were given a more positive report from Sainsburys.

Speaking to the Buchanie on Thursday, community council secretary Gordon Farman said that they had received a letter from Sainsburys confirming that it was currently speaking to a national developer who has land available that suited its retail requirements.

Peterhead Community Council had initiatied plans to lure major retailers to the town and had asked local MSP Stewart Stevenson to help out by writing letters to a number of these.

Mr Farman said: “We are obviously grateful to Mr Stevenson for his help in this matter, and hope that it will lead to a positive outcome.

“Sainsburys have said they hope to be in a position to confirm their thoughts on the matter in the next three months.

“They have already met with Aberdeenshire Council representatives regarding a food store opportunity in town so hopefully they will progress that,” he said.

News of the Sainsburys situation came at the latest meeting of Peterhead Community Council and Aberdeenshire Council’s area manager, Chris White.

Meetings take place on a regular basis and at last week’s meeting councllors were invited to attend.

Cllrs Fiona MacRae, Tom Malone and Alan Gardiner attended, and now Mr Farman hopes that the meetings can be opened up further to other interested groups.

“Councillors were invited to the last meeting so they could find out what is happening behind the scenes in Peterhead.

“We are now looking to establish a town centre group.

“Hopefully our town councillors will get on board and others will come along to the meetings to so that we can get a true reflection of what’s needed in our town and make positive moves into achieving that,” he said.

“Anyone interested is asked to come along to the next community councl meeting - on the third Wednesday of the month - where they can register their interest.

“We know that the community council doesn’t have any real power in the big scheme of things, but hopefully if we get people involved in a town centre group, then we can hopefully put pressure on the people making the decisions to listen to us and what we want to improve our town.”

Mr Farman added that the meetings with Mr White had been ongoing for the past year and it was now felt that it was important to include other groups into these discussions to try and move things forward.

“At the end of the day we all have the common aim of making Peterhead a better place to live in.

“There are a number of things on the table for discussion and I think if everyone pulls together things could be very encouraging for the future of Peterhead.