17 September 2019

Peterhead Decides on funding for six community projects

A total of six community projects are to receive funding for local improvements in Peterhead as part of the town’s Community Choices project.

Following an appeal to community groups and organisations to suggest ideas for the ‘Peterhead Decides’ initiative, more than 2,000 votes were cast to decide on which local roads and landscape projects they wanted to see developed over the coming months.  

The winning projects were confirmed as the votes were counted by the project group on Monday evening (Mon, Sep 16) as follows:

• Peterhead Civic Pride will receive £3,000 to develop Landale Gardens to provide a sensory garden with a seating area, plant shrubs and provide more seating and raised beds
• Peterhead Men’s Shed will receive £500 to build bespoke planters for areas of the town adopted by Peterhead Civic Pride
• A total of £10,000 will be spent on the installation of a traffic island on West Road to aid pedestrian crossing at Strawberry Bank
• The Royal British Legion Scotland (Peterhead Branch) will receive £2,000 to add additional seating and planters for the Commonwealth Memorial Site
• £1,000 will be spent on planting bulbs and wildflowers beside Peterhead Library to attract bees and butterflies
• A further £3,000 will be spent on planting of new bulbs and wildflowers along the path of the River Ugie towards the main town to improve the pathway

The Community Choices process was overseen by a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council and Peterhead Community Council, encouraging local people come together to decide how public money should be spent in their communities.

Voter feedback showed that nearly 70% of participants had not been involved in any other community engagement processes and more than 90% agreed the process was a good way of allocating community funds.

Planning will now take place for implementation of the projects and updates will be provided as they are ready to progress.