Town in line for an £80k clean-up

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PETERHEAD town centre is in line for an £80,000 clean-up.

Members of the Buchan area committee will be asked to approve allocation of local regeneration funds for the works when they meet in Peterhead later today (Tuesday).

Councillors will be asked to approve a budget of £80,037 for town centre works, a further £15,000 for a MiCity smartphone app to attract shoppers/tourists to the area and a further £12,000 for the promotion of Dales Industrial Estate.

Over the past three years the Buchan area has been allocated regeneration funds for the Regeneration Priority Area of north Buchan, including Peterhead.

In December 2010 a report was submitted to the committee regarding a Regeneration Action Plan with an associated allocation of £75,000.

Members will be told that the funds available to be allocated/reallocated to works in the Buchan area amounted to £107.037.

It is proposed that £80,037 be allocated for town centre actions.

These include updating and refurbishing maps and signs etc, cleaning of guttering and lighting of pends and other areas.

It is also proposed to create a Refresh Fund for ideas for town centre improvements from businesses and communities.

The cash will also be used to support the Placemaking agenda promoting creativity and supporting the development of social enterprise.

A following £15,000 is to be spent on the MiCity smartphone app which is aimed and attracting shoppers and tourists to the area, while Dales Industrial Estate on the outskirts of town is to benefit from a £12,000 promotion injection.

In a report to go before today’s meeting, Aberdeenshire Council chief executive, Colin McKenzie, says these actions will be carried out in conjunction with the longer-term ideas for Peterhead town centre.

“As part of the wider improvements to the town of Peterhead, a significant study will be carried out to ascertain the opportunities and threats facing Peterhead,” said Mr McKenzie.

“The first stage in this project is to carry out a survey of households in the area surrounding Peterhead.

“It is proosed that community planning staff organise this survey and approval is sought for this.”

Councillors will hear that Peterhead Community Council has been consulted and has contributed to the development of the survey.