Regeneration plans to be revealed to public

Peterhead town centre
Peterhead town centre
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A long-awaited report into the future of Peterhead town centre will be unveiled to residents at a series of public displays next week.

Proposals will include transforming Broad Street into an arcade-like area, redeveloping Arbuthnott house as a hotel or private accomodation and changing the traffic flow in the town centre.

The Aberdeenshire 4 Towns report will be discussed by councilors at the Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday before being opened for public consultation.

The local authority’s Town Centres and Regeneration Manager, Christine Webster, said: “We want to take on board as much community opinion as possible as we move forward with plans to help revitalise the town centre.

“The council alone cannot make all the changes which may be required so everyone with an interest has to work together for the benefit of Peterhead town centre.”

Members of the public will be able to see displays of the proposals and ask questions at Peterhead Projects on Marischal Street from Wednesday, April 23 to Saturday, April 26.

The council’s Head of Economic Development, Belinda Miller, said: “Regeneration of any sort is rarely achieved by local authorities on their own.

“It will be hard to mitigate the very strong market forces acting against our town centres, but we know the desire to achieve this is there and we want to help the community in reshaping the offer.

“Working together we can make some inroads to change.”

Information will soon be available on plans to show the results of local studies in Fraserburgh, Banff and Macduff, expected to place in the week of May 5.