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15 July 2015

Stevenson Receives Pledge from ALDI on Peterhead Site

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson has said a response he has received from Aldi Stores on the controversial Kirkburn Mill site in Peterhead is “extremely encouraging” and represents real progress towards finally seeing the site developed.

The SNP MSP raised the issue of the Kirkburn Mill site with the Chief Executive of Aldi recently following continued local concern at the condition of the site.

Now, Aldi Chief Executive Officer for Scotland Matthew Barnes has responded saying the company is “now in the final stages of outlining a planning process agreement, aimed at delivering a finalised planning application for the Aldi development.”

He continued: “Should our planning application be successful, Aldi will look to begin the process of delivering our long-awaited store to the Peterhead community.”

Welcoming the commitment, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am very pleased that Aldi have responded in these positive terms. This has been a long-running issue involving a prominent site at the entrance to the town centre.

“We’ve just had the opening of Buchan House, which has consolidated council and other public services onto one town centre site which was also very much in need of development. This brings a workforce of several hundred right to the edge of the town centre which can only be good for local shops and services.

“We now need to see this momentum carried forward with the Kirkburn Mill site being developed to its full potential and brought back into productive use. I hope that the very welcome progress outlined to me by Aldi can move forward at a pace.”
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