A fresh recruitment drive is being launched in Peterhead for pro-active residents to have their say on how the town’s future is shaped.
Peterhead Community Council is seeking new members to bolster its ranks as it continues to ensure the neighbourhoods it serves have a voice which is heard and to ensure the local electorate is protected.
Currently comprising 11 members, the community councillors work together with Peterhead’s future very much in mind, meeting at 7pm every third Wednesday of the month within the academy’s Conference Room.
Recently the community council has been strongly pro-active in the Choose Peterhead project where the entire community has been engaged in determining how the future of Drummers Corner and the wider Marischal Street and Broad Street areas should look in the future.
It was also strongly represented in organising the recent ‘Your Voice, Your Choice’ participatory budgeting scheme where no less that £100,000 has been allocated to local groups who serve the most deprived areas of the town.
The community council also plays a part in the wider aspects of town centre planning where topics and actions range from the control of seagulls to the sale of vacant Aberdeenshire Council property.
Community Council chairman John Brownlee said: “The community council has taken a very close interest in the redevelopment of Chapel Street and although the particular group designated to study this aspect of the town is currently in hiatus it is shortly due to be reformed.
“Other aspects of our involvement include regular liaison with Police Scotland, formal consultee status on planning and licensing matters and also in establishing a dialogue with Nestrans and the supposed new road network to link Fraserburgh and Peterhead with the rest of the country.”
Major developers also regularly attend meetings in order to explain their proposals and to take questions regarding new developments.
On a wider brief, the community council is also involved in the Buchan Area Community Forum and Community Planning Group and recently played an integral role in rewriting the ‘Scheme of Establishment’ - the book of rules governing community councils in Aberdeenshire.
If you are keen to join Peterhead Community Council, simply pop into Buchan House on St Peter Street and pick up an application form.