Published: 22/09/2012 15:54 - Updated: 21/09/2012 16:12

Moray public consultation on £30 million cuts

The first budget event will be held in Lossiemouth Town Hall on October 1
The first budget event will be held in Lossiemouth Town Hall on October 1

MORAY Council’s public consultation on where to cut £30 million from the budget over the next four years will get underway soon.

A series of roadshows will take place, where those attending will be able to meet officers and councillors to discuss ideas and get a deeper understanding of council services.

They will be held at Lossiemouth Town Hall on Monday, October 1 and Monday, October 29; the Territorial Army Centre, Edgar Road, Elgin on Wednesday, October 3; Forres Town Hall on Thursday, October 4; Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie on Monday, October 8; Longmore Hall, Keith on Tuesday, October 9; Lhanbryde Community Centre on Thursday, October 11; Fleming Hall, Aberlour on Tuesday, October 30 and Bishopmill Hall, Elgin on Friday, November 2.

The roadshows will run from 2-4pm then 7-9pm at every venue.

They will be followed up with workshops which will take place in Forres Town Hall on Friday, November 16; Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie on Monday, November 19; Territorial Army Centre, Edgar Road, Elgin, on Wednesday November 21; Longmore Hall, Keith on Tuesday, November 27; Lhanbryde Community Centre on Thursday, November 29; Bishopmill Hall, Elgin on Friday, November 30; Fleming Hall, Aberlour on Tuesday, December 4 and Lossiemouth Town Hall on Thursday, December 6.

All of those sessions will run from 7-9pm

Those wishing to take part in the workshops will have to book a place. Registration will open on Friday (September 28).

If any are over-subscribed additional sessions will be arranged.

In addition to the roadshows and workshops, a range of information will be available from the council’s website www.moray.gov.uk from Friday.

This will include a survey, where answers to specific questions are sought and an opportunity to add comments is provided.

The council’s Budget Challenge, the online interactive programme that helps understanding of budgets and the impact of spending decisions, has been updated and will also be online.

There will be a quick link from the front page of the website to in-depth breakdowns of each service budget, and those preferring social media can air their views via Facebook or Twitter.

Anyone who may have difficulty attending any of the roadshows or workshops can call 01343 563321.

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