Council teams going the extra mile to ensure Peterhead looks its best ahead of town's Scottish Week

Ahead of Peterhead’s Scottish Week next week (July 21-29), council teams have been linking up with the local community to ensure the town is looking its best.

Every year the Blue Toon welcomes thousands of people to a range of events right across the fishing port, showcasing its community spirit and what it has to offer.

Aberdeenshire Council’s landscape services, waste collection and street cleansing teams have been getting into the spirit of things to make sure the town is looking its best.

The street cleansing team has been carrying out extra cleaning of benches and pavements. Public bins in the town continue to be emptied daily and additional litter pickers have been issued to community volunteers.

Demonstrating the motivation of the local community, Peterhead Litter Group picks litter daily, as well as organising weekend community litter picks attracting as many as 80 volunteers.

The Council supplies litter pickers and bags for these events, removing what’s collected, including larger items.

One community litter pick organised at Sandford Beach in May collected a grand total of 1.86 tonnes of litter from the coastline.

The landscape services team works closely with the Town Centre Improvement Group, co-ordinated by the community council.

The team supplied plants to the group to help brighten up the Landale Gardens area, as it does with similar groups in other communities. The local B&Q store also contributed bedding plants.

The improvement group prepared the beds, tubs, planted the plants supplied for the gardens and town centre, and will weed and water them over the summer. Plants for next year will be ordered in September.

The landscape services team is also working with leisure colleagues and the rugby club to improve the quality of the ground at Catto Park and has also come to an arrangement with the town’s caravan site which will see it remove litter daily from the surrounding area.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Committee, Norman Smith, said: “The community is extremely proud of its town and is excited to showcase it in Scottish Week.

“I am glad the council can contribute to the town looking its best for this important event, during the week of events and into the future.”

Vice chair and local councillor Dianne Beagrie said: “Scottish Week is always a highlight of Peterhead’s calendar and is a fantastic way to showcase the community spirit and environment we have here while having great fun.

“We regularly welcome visitors from across Scotland and beyond, so the town always wants to look its best and it’s great to see areas where the council is getting involved with local people to make this happen.”

More information on Peterhead Scottish Week is available on the event's website.