Milestone set to turn heads in redevelopment of Fraserburgh building

It will be the talk of the town as work starts this week to redevelop a prominent Fraserburgh building.
At the end of this month work will commence on the renovation of Saltoun Square Council Chambers and the former Police Station in Fraserburgh.  The project will result in a newly restored Council Chambers and its merge with the vacant former Police Station next door.  The new facility will house Council services, a civic space, meeting space for groups and an Enterprise Hub which, with the development of a support post, will aim to develop and support the town’s businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation.
However none of that can start until two life-sized portraits are removed from the building. Two portraits currently hang in the in the Council Chambers; one of Sir Alexander Fraser, founder of Fraserburgh and the other of the 16th Lord Saltoun (known as the “Waterloo Saltoun”). Both men were key figures in the history of the town.   However the portraits are so large they may have to be hoisted out through the first floor window of the building.  The move is taking place tomorrow (10.5.2017). They will be taken to Mintlaw to the Aberdeenshire Museum Service HQ for safekeeping until the building work is completed when they will be returned to their home.
This work is all part of the Fraserburgh 2021 CARS Project (Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme).  This project will see £5.8 million invested over the next few years in the recently designated conservation area in the heart of the town, bringing vacant, underused and neglected spaces back into use and improving the condition of the conservation area throughout.  The funding comes from successful grant applications to Heritage Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland with additional funding from Aberdeenshire Council.
Another aspect of the CARS project is a small grants scheme for property owners based within the Conservation Area which launched recently.  These grants are intended to assist owners to conserve, repair and maintain their buildings to a heritage standard, appropriate to the status of the outstanding conservation area and there has already been a healthy interest in this scheme. 
Director of Infrastructure Services Stephen Archer leads on the regeneration project. He said: “The community will have an opportunity to give their views on how they would like to see this civic space improved at the first Super Saturday Event in Fraserburgh on May 13th.  Fraserburgh 2021 will have an information stand where people can find out more about the project, small grants scheme and see a plan of the public realm area and samples of some of the materials which could be used.  The display will then be moved to the ‘Here for You Centre’ in Broad Street for the next two weeks so as many people as possible can have a chance to give their views.”

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For further information on Fraserburgh 2021 – www.fraserburgh2021.org  
For further information on the Small Grants Scheme contact the Fraserburgh 2021 Project Officer – Yvonne.clark2@aberdeenshire.gov.uk