Councillor’s call for visitor centres

Councillor Rob Merson at the ruins of St Adamnan's Chapel near Ellon.
Councillor Rob Merson at the ruins of St Adamnan's Chapel near Ellon.

An Ellon politician has called for visitor centre provision in Formartine and Buchan.

SNP Councillor Rob Merson was commenting on the council’s tourism marketing proposals for 2015-16 discussed at a recent infrastructure services committee meeting.

I have received assurances that Aberdeenshire Council will be reviewing its provision of visitor information

Councillor Rob Merson SNP: Ellon and District

He said that although Aberdeenshire was generally well-provided for, there were no visitor information centres in either Ellon or Peterhead.

Councillor Merson said there were many attractions in the Buchan and Formartine area, including Haddo House, Slains Castle, Pitmedden Gardens and the Bullers of Buchan.

He questioned why there were no visitor information centres in the area, and why no provision was being made for centres to promote these attractions within the £180,000 budget allocation being referred to the policy and resources committee for approval.

Councillor Merson said after the meeting: “A total of almost £2 million has been invested in the regeneration of Haddo Country Park alone, from a variety of sources, including Aberdeenshire Council, and yet we have no visitor information centre in the area to promote the attraction or direct visitors to it.

“I have received assurances that Aberdeenshire Council will be reviewing its provision of visitor information for the future, and I very much hope that we will use that opportunity to address this shortcoming, and ensure that Formartine and Buchan are as well provided for as the rest of Aberdeenshire.”