A scheme allocating £100,000 of funding to groups in one of the north-east’s most deprived areas has been hailed a success.
The Your Voice, Your Choice scheme encouraged community groups from north Fraserburgh to come forward with proposals which would improve health and well being in the area.
A “big vote day” was held in the town in June where dozens of residents turned out to vote on which of the 32 projects deserved funding.
Successful schemes included first responder training courses, defibrillators and beach life guard training.
Now members of the Banff and Buchan area committee have praised the council-run pilot scheme and recommended that it run again in the future.
Fraserburgh councillor Brian Topping said: “To think there were 32 proposals – the whole event was good. I think we could see if there’s funding for other town’s in Banff and Buchan.”
Councillor Charles Buchan said: “I’ve been involved in this project from the beginning and my first emotion at the end of the day was relief – it was such an ambitious project with so many pitfalls.
“I think Fraserburgh deserves something like this.”
And Councillor Mark Findlater added: “It was a great community exercise and I echo the point that it should happen again.”