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28 October 2009

Stevenson Welcomes Assurance on Peterhead Climbing Wall Reopening

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has received an assurance from Aberdeenshire Council that the climbing wall at Peterhead Community Centre will re-open during November.

All six of the council’s climbing walls – including Peterhead – were closed in July following an annual safety inspection. Mr Stevenson was contacted by several regular users of the climbing wall who complained that they were being left in the dark s to what was happening and had been given no indication of when matters might be resolved.

Mr Stevenson took the matter up with Aberdeenshire Council and has now been advised that Peterhead will be treated as a priority for re-opening due to the numbers of people who use the facility, and that re-opening will take place during November once final remedial works are completed.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The climbing wall is clearly a very popular facility judging by my mailbag on this issue.

“Clearly, safety must come first and if a safety issue is identified then the council has a duty to protect the people who use the facility. However, it does appear that there has been a lack of information available to the users letting them know how long the wall was to be out of action and, indeed, what the problem actually was.

“I hope that this assurance from Aberdeenshire Council will be welcomed by the users of the climbing wall and that it can be reopened as soon as possible during November.”
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