Cafe leads way with facelift as part of town re­vamp

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY TAMSIN GRAY

An award-win­ning Fraser­burgh cafe is lead­ing the way with the town re­ju­ve­na­tion with the shopfront given a facelift as part of the re­gen­er­a­tion project.

Nooks and Cran­nies in Cross Street will be the first of a string of shops to re­ceive up­grades thanks to a grant from the Fraser­burgh 2021 project.

The £5.8 mil­lion Fraser­burgh 2021 Town Cen­tre Con­ser­va­tion Area Re­gen­er­a­tion scheme, known as CARS, started in 2017 as part of the wider Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil-led re­gen­er­a­tion of the town.

The small grant was awarded specif­i­cally to im­prove shopfronts within the CARS.

Con­ser­va­tion-friendly work, which will take place this month, will in­volve Nooks and Cran­nies be­ing fit­ted with new win­dows, doors and sig­nage.

Cafe owner Mal­colm Wat­son said: “We’ve re­ceived sev­eral in­dus­try awards this year.

“The ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions will trans­form the look of the café and will re­flect the qual­ity of the busi­ness we’ve worked hard to build up.” The pop­u­lar eatery was re­cently awarded the Good Food Award 2019 Gold Seal and the Gold Stan­dard for Elite Eats.

There are 10 other projects ear­marked for ren­o­va­tions which will take place be­tween now and the end of the Fraser­burgh 2021 project.

One of those is the Penny Schoolie which now forms part of the Old Par­ish Church Cen­tre on the High Street with fund­ing an­nounced early in Oc­to­ber.

Ex­te­rior ren­o­va­tions re­cently got un­der way on the build­ing with the aim of restor­ing it to its for­mer glory.

It is the first Col­lege Bounds build­ing to un­dergo im­prove­ment works.

Re­gen­er­a­tion De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship chair­man, coun­cil­lor Brian Top­ping, said: “We’re re­ally grate­ful to the fun­ders for con­tribut­ing to the small grant scheme.

“It’s all part of the wider ef­fort to sup­port job cre­ation and a vi­brant econ­omy for Fraser­burgh.” Fund­ing has come from Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land and the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

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