Restoration work gets underway on town cobbles

Work has begun to re-grout the uneven surface of Marischal Street
Work has begun to re-grout the uneven surface of Marischal Street

Peterhead’s controversial town centre cobbles received a makeover last week.

The top part of Marischal Street was sealed off to pedestrians while restoration work began to fill the gaps on the thoroughfare.

Aberdeenshire Council is spending around £40,000 to carry out the work, following similar in-filling of the pedestrianised area in 2012.

Residents have repeatedly complained about the state of the cobbles, saying they are difficult to walk on due to their uneven nature.

Around 5,500sq ft of cobbles will be re-grouted by Westhill-based Chap Civil Engineering, which was awarded the contract for the works.

Part of Marischal Street will be closed to traffic for around six weeks while the works get underway, while plans for similar work on Chapel Street due to take place in the next few months.

The controversial cobbles have been a major talking point with locals and businesses since they were first laid as part of a £1.6m regeneration scheme more than a decade ago.

There have been numerous calls for the cobbles to be removed and for traffic to be allowed back into the centre of town.

Many businesses have also blamed the introduction of the cobbles for a downturn in trade.

Buchan area manager, Chris White, gave an assurance last week that residents of the town would be consulted before a decision was made on the town regeneration.

Consulting architectural firm HRI are due to deliver a comprehensive report about a range of initiatives to members of the council’s Buchan area committee later today (Tuesday).

The HRI report will map out key proposals for a £500,000 regeneration package for the Blue Toon.