Leafleting at Drummers Corner

Leafleting at Drummers Corner

On May 4th.2017 Stephen Calder was elected to Aberdeenshire Council to represent Peterhead South, Boddam and Cruden.

Go to the previous image for more news.

Update 20th January 2018

Offshore structures such as topsides, wells and pipelines need to be dismantled, removed and disposed of, in other words decommissioned. Peterhead Port Authority is aiming to deliver a service for recycled equipment like pumps, flowlines, wellheads and concrete mats, rather than having big chunks of steel rusting on and off the Buchan coast. The Port Authority will continue to support the offshore oil and gas sector, but, with record catches being landed and new projects, it plans to concentrate on the industry the Blue Toon knows best – fishing has a history stretching back four centuries in what is Aberdeenshire's largest town. A £51million harbour and quayside redevelopment will create a state-of-the-art fishing hub. The town may welcome a new seafood restaurant this year.

With grain storage facilities and unfettered access, the port also services significant volumes of agricultural products every year, exporting timber shipments and crops, and importing fertiliser agribulks. Peterhead is the northern gateway to the Energetica corridor. Dredging and granite removal has created deepwater facilities which have enabled cruise ships to use Peterhead as a port of call.

Renewable energy projects such as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) are benefitting from the port’s new facilities – the EOWDC floating turbines are being assembled there, and will be towed down to Aberdeen Bay. The wind scheme will trial next generation technology and boost the industry’s drive for clean, competitive power.

Part of the construction project for Statoil’s Hywind floating turbine pilot park is being supported from Peterhead. Hywind is located at Buchan Deep, 25 Kms east of the port.
Hywind powers up
Hywind Scotland has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid
Blogspot from 2013

The UK Government’s abandonment of £1billion of promised funding for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at Peterhead's gas-generated Power Station was a major setback, a disgraceful decision after £100 million was spent on early project planning and delivery. At the 11th hour the plug was pulled with no warning to those involved. CCS at Peterhead Power Station: 2014 blogspot
For an overview of the Blue Toon and regeneration in Peterhead, please refer to press releases from Aberdeenshire Councillor Stephen Calder in My Blogs and articles in the North-East Scotland gallery. There’s news about his sterling campaign work over many years in Peterhead, highlighting the deprivation levels in the town and the crippling effects of UK Government austerity measures.


'The shocking truth about tax breaks and decommissioning' - Alex Russell

Offshore Engineer article on ecology: options for decommissioning


Update 14th February 2015.
Stephen reports that Peterhead Council plan to spend £113,000 on a retail consultancy to advise shops on improving window displays, while there are hundreds of families in the town who can't feed their families. He went to the Salvation Army hall to donate food and found that their soup kitchen was packed.

He phoned the Head of Roads yesterday about a broken pavement that a retired janitor complained about last summer. The repair will be put out to private tender at the end of the financial year. Stephen also highlighted parking areas behind council flats which were for the sole use of the tenants, but are now open to the public because they have been transferred from Housing to Roads. Furthermore he has requested a road management system at Kirk Square where six roads meet and the new Council offices are being built.

Stephen reports:- 'A lady has just told me that it's great somebody's taking an interest in the town.'

August 2015
Scottish fishermen accept that there is a need for practising constraint and control. After surviving quota cuts and restrictions on time allowed at sea, they still face multiple threats - a ban on white-fish discards; problems over access to fishing grounds; poor governance; management indecision and ineffective centralised policies.

Scottish fishing leaders are now warning that the industry may never recover from the Channel crossing crises (ferry staff, farmers and the tragedy of migrants).

The industry’s problems in North-East Scotland extend to the processors, with over 6oo jobs to be lost later this year at Youngs Seafood factory in Fraserburgh.

Peterhead residents in the vicinity of the Northbay Pelagic factory on Kirk Square are voicing major concerns regarding public safety. Building has begun on a replacement factory following a major fire at the premises on 17th January 2015.. The fire resulted in the evacuation of a large number of residents. The evacuation was considered necessary due to the risk of the fire reaching chemical tanks and cylinders, and the possibility of the emission of dangerous substances into the atmosphere.

Stephen is asking the Buchan Area Planning Department to consider:-
a) Health and Safety regulations insofar as they apply to the public safety of residents in the vicinity of the factory
b) the design, construction, guarding, installation, commission, examination, repair, maintenance, alteration, adjustment, dismantling, testing or inspection of any plant within the factory, in particular the storage of ammonia and other chemical tanks and cylinders
c) precautions specific to the risk of another fire.

At the Peterhead Community Council meeting of 21st January 2015, Stephen called for the immediate removal of all dangerous chemicals from the site, to be told that ‘if businesses followed Health & Safety Executive standards, there would be no need for the likes of ammonia tanks to be removed’.

Stephen has used Freedom of Information requests to obtain a copy of all Health & Safety Executive Reports for this processing facility from 1999, when it was called Fresh Catch. The inspection reports detail a litany of failures in Health & Safety matters over the years: numerous improvement notices have been served on the company.

In 2012 Fresh Catch was fined £160,000 for its role in the UK’s biggest illegal landings, namely a “black fish” scam. The company admitted helping skippers make undeclared landings worth £10 million. Police and officers from the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency had raided the firm in September 2005 to find that an underground pipe used to deliver fish from the quayside had a mechanism to divert catches into a secret hold, where the fish could be hidden from inspectors.

Aberdeenshire Environmental Health has passed Stephen’s concerns about the storage of dangerous chemicals near residential buildings to the Health & Safety Executive. North Bay Pelagic are well on their way to completing their massive new factory.
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Leafleting at Drummers Corner

Leafleting at Drummers Corner

On May 4th.2017 Stephen Calder was elected to Aberdeenshire Council to represent Peterhead South, Boddam and Cruden.

Go to the previous image for more news.

Update 20th January 2018

Offshore structures such as topsides, wells and pipelines need to be dismantled, removed and disposed of, in other words decommissioned. Peterhead Port Authority is aiming to deliver a service for recycled equipment like pumps, flowlines, wellheads and concrete mats, rather than having big chunks of steel rusting on and off the Buchan coast. The Port Authority will continue to support the offshore oil and gas sector, but, with record catches being landed and new projects, it plans to concentrate on the industry the Blue Toon knows best – fishing has a history stretching back four centuries in what is Aberdeenshire's largest town. A £51million harbour and quayside redevelopment will create a state-of-the-art fishing hub. The town may welcome a new seafood restaurant this year.

With grain storage facilities and unfettered access, the port also services significant volumes of agricultural products every year, exporting timber shipments and crops, and importing fertiliser agribulks. Peterhead is the northern gateway to the Energetica corridor. Dredging and granite removal has created deepwater facilities which have enabled cruise ships to use Peterhead as a port of call.

Renewable energy projects such as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) are benefitting from the port’s new facilities – the EOWDC floating turbines are being assembled there, and will be towed down to Aberdeen Bay. The wind scheme will trial next generation technology and boost the industry’s drive for clean, competitive power.

Part of the construction project for Statoil’s Hywind floating turbine pilot park is being supported from Peterhead. Hywind is located at Buchan Deep, 25 Kms east of the port.
Hywind powers up
Hywind Scotland has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid
Blogspot from 2013

The UK Government’s abandonment of £1billion of promised funding for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at Peterhead's gas-generated Power Station was a major setback, a disgraceful decision after £100 million was spent on early project planning and delivery. At the 11th hour the plug was pulled with no warning to those involved. CCS at Peterhead Power Station: 2014 blogspot
For an overview of the Blue Toon and regeneration in Peterhead, please refer to press releases from Aberdeenshire Councillor Stephen Calder in My Blogs and articles in the North-East Scotland gallery. There’s news about his sterling campaign work over many years in Peterhead, highlighting the deprivation levels in the town and the crippling effects of UK Government austerity measures.


'The shocking truth about tax breaks and decommissioning' - Alex Russell

Offshore Engineer article on ecology: options for decommissioning


Update 14th February 2015.
Stephen reports that Peterhead Council plan to spend £113,000 on a retail consultancy to advise shops on improving window displays, while there are hundreds of families in the town who can't feed their families. He went to the Salvation Army hall to donate food and found that their soup kitchen was packed.

He phoned the Head of Roads yesterday about a broken pavement that a retired janitor complained about last summer. The repair will be put out to private tender at the end of the financial year. Stephen also highlighted parking areas behind council flats which were for the sole use of the tenants, but are now open to the public because they have been transferred from Housing to Roads. Furthermore he has requested a road management system at Kirk Square where six roads meet and the new Council offices are being built.

Stephen reports:- 'A lady has just told me that it's great somebody's taking an interest in the town.'

August 2015
Scottish fishermen accept that there is a need for practising constraint and control. After surviving quota cuts and restrictions on time allowed at sea, they still face multiple threats - a ban on white-fish discards; problems over access to fishing grounds; poor governance; management indecision and ineffective centralised policies.

Scottish fishing leaders are now warning that the industry may never recover from the Channel crossing crises (ferry staff, farmers and the tragedy of migrants).

The industry’s problems in North-East Scotland extend to the processors, with over 6oo jobs to be lost later this year at Youngs Seafood factory in Fraserburgh.

Peterhead residents in the vicinity of the Northbay Pelagic factory on Kirk Square are voicing major concerns regarding public safety. Building has begun on a replacement factory following a major fire at the premises on 17th January 2015.. The fire resulted in the evacuation of a large number of residents. The evacuation was considered necessary due to the risk of the fire reaching chemical tanks and cylinders, and the possibility of the emission of dangerous substances into the atmosphere.

Stephen is asking the Buchan Area Planning Department to consider:-
a) Health and Safety regulations insofar as they apply to the public safety of residents in the vicinity of the factory
b) the design, construction, guarding, installation, commission, examination, repair, maintenance, alteration, adjustment, dismantling, testing or inspection of any plant within the factory, in particular the storage of ammonia and other chemical tanks and cylinders
c) precautions specific to the risk of another fire.

At the Peterhead Community Council meeting of 21st January 2015, Stephen called for the immediate removal of all dangerous chemicals from the site, to be told that ‘if businesses followed Health & Safety Executive standards, there would be no need for the likes of ammonia tanks to be removed’.

Stephen has used Freedom of Information requests to obtain a copy of all Health & Safety Executive Reports for this processing facility from 1999, when it was called Fresh Catch. The inspection reports detail a litany of failures in Health & Safety matters over the years: numerous improvement notices have been served on the company.

In 2012 Fresh Catch was fined £160,000 for its role in the UK’s biggest illegal landings, namely a “black fish” scam. The company admitted helping skippers make undeclared landings worth £10 million. Police and officers from the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency had raided the firm in September 2005 to find that an underground pipe used to deliver fish from the quayside had a mechanism to divert catches into a secret hold, where the fish could be hidden from inspectors.

Aberdeenshire Environmental Health has passed Stephen’s concerns about the storage of dangerous chemicals near residential buildings to the Health & Safety Executive. North Bay Pelagic are well on their way to completing their massive new factory.
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