Public give mixed views on town plans

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A four-day public consultation on regeneration plans for Peterhead town centre has been hailed a success by organisers.

The controversial Aberdeenshire 4 Towns report, which has been put together by HRI Architects, went on display at the Trading Post in the town’s Marischal Street from April 23 to 26, in a bid to gauge public opinion.

With two days gone, more than 250 people had provided their views on the regeneration plans, delighting organisers.

Speaking to the Buchanie, Peterhead social regneration officer Alex Geddes said that they had been encouraged by the comments and by the numbers who had come to look at the plans.

“It’s been really steady throughout the first two days and that’s been good because we have had the chance to really talk to people and find out what they think,” he said.

“Even with the rainy damp weather it’s been busy and the town centre itself has been busy.

“We are getting variable feedback on the plans but the real exercise will begin when we open the box and find out what people have been saying.

“They have been quite honest about their views so far and the views have been mixed, but that’s to be expected.

“Many people have been critical, but in a constructive way, but all feedback has been taken onboard as the views of the folk of Peterhead are vital if we are to progress in a positive manner,” he added.

Members of the Buchan area committee decided not to comment on the plans at their April meeting.

Instead they agreed to wait until the public consultation was completed.

Proposals in the plan include remodelling Broad Street to feature arcades, kisoks and cafes as well as redeveloping Arbuthnot House as either a quality hotel, residential accommodation or offices.