Men’s shed expansion gets council approval
Community: Peterhead group can grow activities into outbuildings
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