Peterhead Councillors Welcome Council's Successful Funding Bid

>> 19 January 2023

Peterhead SNP councillors Leeann McWhinnie and Stephen Smith have welcomed confirmation today (Thursday) that Aberdeenshire Council’s bid for Levelling-Up funding has been successful. Part of the project will include the repurposing of Arbuthnot House to provide a new museum and gallery, together with a bespoke library facility and educational facilities.

Commenting, Cllr Leeann McWhinnie (Peterhead North and Rattray) said:

“I welcome this announcement today after the disappointment of missing out on the Green Freeport; this will be a great boost for Peterhead and the surrounding area.

“Peterhead is a fantastic town, and this announcement now gives us the opportunity to showcase that to a wider audience with the introduction of the Cultural Area.”

Cllr Stephen Smith (Peterhead South and Cruden) added:

“Arbuthnot House is part of Peterhead’s history but has been left to degrade and decay after the rationalisation of the council’s estate several years ago. I’m therefore delighted that this successful bid will mean not only an improved museum and library facility for the town, but also keeps them in the Town Centre.

“My thanks go to the council officers who worked very hard on producing the bid which has brought this investment to Peterhead.”

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