Success reported as square consultation comes to end

Fin and Ali at the exhibition
Fin and Ali at the exhibition

Aberdeenshire Council have hailed the recent consultation on the new plans for Banchory’s Scott Skinner Square a success.

More than 100 residents turned out for the public exhibition to view DUFI artists Fin Macrae and Alister MacInnes’ proposals for reinventing the Square.

A council spokesperson has reported that the feedback from the community has been “overwhelmingly positive” with the majority of respondents in favour of the proposals.

The artistic duo were commissioned by the council after the square project received £160,000 from town regeneration funds.

Their designs (previously published in the Piper) took inspiration from the life and songs of Banchory’s most famous son- James Scott Skinner.

Planning applications for changes to the Square entrance and new lighting columns are expected to be submitted in the coming weeks with the aim of having the changes carried out by Autumn this year.

The exhibition boards are now going on display at Banchory Library for people to examine and leave feedback.

Town coordinator for Banchory District Initiative, Jan Leatham, said: “This project aims to enhance and add vibrancy to the town centre, encouraging people to visit and spend longer in and around our High Street. I’m looking forward to working with Al and Fin to realise this goal.”

The artists will now be moving onto the next stage of their project- looking to attract more visitors to Banchory and build a ‘brand identity’ for the town.