Published: 12/08/2017 16:25 - Updated: 11/08/2017 17:08

£30k upgrade for Elgin fountain

SCAFFOLDING will be going up around one of Elgin’s best loved landmarks.

The fountain on the High Street will be refurbished at a cost of between £15,000 and £30,000.

Funding for the work will come from the town’s common good fund and Elgin Cars (Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme).

All the stonework will be completely refurbished and re-pointed, with waterproofing replaced and a new pumping system installed.

A decision was taken before the local government elections in May by all six Elgin councillors to go ahead with the work, and that has been endorsed by the new members.

The refurbishment follows the £45,000 restoration project of the Muckle Cross carried out earlier this year.

Graham Leadbitter, councillor for Elgin South said: "For years I’ve been keen for common good money to be spent more strategically, to provide long-term benefits for Elgin.

"Funds have been used for the River Lossie cycle way and for refurbishing the Muckle Cross.

"These types of projects have lasting benefits for the whole Elgin community."

Built in 1846 and designed by Thomas Mackenzie, the fountain was restored to working order in memory of Elgin businessman David Ham who died in 1999.

It was re-commissioned in the presence of the Princess Royal on May 27, 2002.

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