Men’s shed ex­pan­sion gets coun­cil ap­proval

Com­mu­nity: Peter­head group can grow ac­tiv­i­ties into out­build­ings

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

A pop­u­lar scheme which en­cour­ages men to be­come more ac­tive in their com­mu­ni­ties is ex­pand­ing.

Peter­head Men’s Shed launched last month and this week was given per­mis­sion to grow its op­er­a­tion in the port with eight out­build­ings.

The group had started con­struc­tion on the site, off Skene Street, be­fore re­al­is­ing that it needed the ap­proval of Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil be­fore break­ing ground. This week’s ap­proval from the au­thor­ity will en­able the group to forge ahead and al­low more men to find a place within the com­mu­nity for them­selves.

Sim­i­lar schemes have been launched across the north-east and in­ter­na­tion­ally to help al­le­vi­ate loneliness among men and give them a place where they can de­velop hob­bies or chat with their peers.

Peter­head Foot­ball Club boss Jim McI­nally launched the Blue Toon’s project in Oc­to­ber.

Brand­ing it “bril­liant”, he said: “There will be a lot of peo­ple out there who are lonely or maybe re­tired with­out much to do and it gives them some­thing to get out of bed in the morn­ing for.

“I know there are lots of them all over the place and it’s a ter­rific idea. Even if peo­ple aren’t want­ing to go along and work, they can have a cup of tea and have a chat with some­one else.”

The Peter­head project, which will be built on in­dus­trial land in the town, was backed by coun­cil­lors with­out com­ment.

A nearby neigh­bour, how­ever, raised con­cerns about her pri­vacy. In a let­ter to plan­ners, Su­san Skin­ner said ve­hi­cles would over­look her home and users would be able to see into her chil­dren’s bed­room. She added: “I have con­cerns re- gard­ing park­ing out­side my prop­erty. We can­not get parked as it is.”

The coun­cil’s roads de­part­ment did not raise any con­cerns about the pro­posal.

“It’s a ter­rific idea. Even if you don’t want to work you can have a chat”

COM­PANY: Peter­head FC man­ager Jim McI­nally watches Alan Googe at Peter­head Men’s Shed

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