The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Wool shop closes amid pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion move

● Knit Hoose shuts its doors in town af­ter a decade in busi­ness

- BY RE­BEKAH MCVEY Aberdeenshire · Elizabeth II · Peterhead · Scottish Government

The owner of a north-east wool shop has blamed Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil’s plans to ban cars from out­side the build­ing as it an­nounced its clo­sure.

Partly in re­sponse to pro­pos­als that could leave Queen Street in Peter­head a pedes­trian-only zone, the owner of The Knit Hoose has “made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion” to cease trad­ing.

Linda, Miller said the abrupt move is not the way she would have liked to close the shop but said she “had to do it”.

The busi­ness­woman added: “I just want to say thank-you to all our lovely cus­tomers who have sup­ported us since we opened in 2010.”

The shop was open un­til 3pm last Fri­day be­fore it closed its doors for the fi­nal time.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity has been granted £310,000 from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Spa­ces for Peo­ple scheme, which will al­low it to carry out the tem­po­rary works in Peter­head in an at­tempt to keep peo­ple safe from Covid-19.

Cars could be banned from Queen Street as well as var­i­ous other parts of the town cen­tre un­der the scheme.

Mrs Miller said that be­ing dis­abled her­self would make hav­ing to do de­liv­er­ies “more dif­fi­cult”, and said she would also face prob­lems if she was not al­lowed to park right out­side the premises.

She said: “Some of the cus­tomers also have dis­abil­i­ties and this could make it harder for them com­ing into town.

“With so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures too, it’s not easy for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to stand for longer pe­ri­ods of time.”

An Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil spokesman said that pro­pos­als to change town cen­tres had been re­vised af­ter re­ceiv­ing feed­back from traders.

He said: “The Covid-19 pan­demic has caused sig­nif­i­cant pres­sures for busi­nesses and it is al­ways sad to learn of a busi­ness which feels it will not be able to re­open.

“In terms of town cen­tre move­ment, we have lis­tened to feed­back from busi­nesses and will be re­leas­ing re­vised plans next week.

“Th­ese plans are de­signed to give cus­tomers con­fi­dence in the safety of our towns and im­ple­ment na­tional guid­ance on so­cial dis­tanc­ing.”

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Dar­rell Benns ?? SHUT­TING UP SHOP: The Knit Hoose in Peter­head has closed af­ter 10 years, with its owner an­gry over plans to pedes­tri­anise Queen Street.
Pho­to­graph by Dar­rell Benns SHUT­TING UP SHOP: The Knit Hoose in Peter­head has closed af­ter 10 years, with its owner an­gry over plans to pedes­tri­anise Queen Street.

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