>> 5 July 2012
“OPPORTUNITY NOW TO MOVE TOWN FORWARD”
Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith has welcomed today’s announcement by Aldi Stores that they are to put the Kirkburn site in Peterhead on the market.
The supermarket giant took over the site formerly occupied by Kirkburn Mills and cleared the site several years ago in preparation for building a store and associated shop units. However, no development has taken place and the site – which is on the edge of the town centre - has deteriorated over time.
“This is an opportunity to move the town centre forward. Aldi have sat on this site for years and let it deteriorate into an eyesore. This is a prime site on the edge of the town centre and there was simply no need for that to happen.
“Obviously, the economic situation at the moment means that there is less money around for development but, a report at the last meeting of the Area Committee confirmed there are signs of vitality in the Buchan economy.
“There have been considerable capital investments in Peterhead in relation to the energy and engineering sectors, with Smith Embankment, Energetica and the possible carbon capture project key to investment confidence.
“This should, therefore, be a highly attractive site to businesses or retailers looking to locate in a growing and economically active community. I hope that when the site is marketed we will see a lot of interest from potential buyers.”