Published: 08/08/2014 10:51 - Updated: 08/08/2014 11:02

Chance to see inside Elgin's Grant

Grant Lodge
Grant Lodge

AN EXHIBITION on the possible uses of Grant Lodge is on display in Elgin Library.

The 18th century building was gifted to the people of Elgin in 1903.

It had been used as a library and heritage centre, but has lain empty since it was set on fire in 2003.

The lodge was to form part of the Castle to Cathedral heritage project that would have seen it transformed into a local history and ancestral tourism centre.

However, last year the project was scrapped after Moray Council could not support it financially.

Since then a working group has been established, which aims to restore the lodge, agree on a use for it and source funding for its regeneration.

The group has set up the exhibition that charts the history of the building and included ideas on how it could be an asset for Elgin and Moray. Suggestions include turning it into a boutique hotel, an arts and community facilities, a respite centre or a residential care home.

People visiting the exhibition are being asked to leave their own ideas with questionnaires and post-its provided.

As well as the display there will be an opportunity for people to see inside Grant Lodge on a short guided visit.

Details of how to book a place can be found at the exhibition, which will run for several weeks.

Afterwards responses will be gathered and a report will go to the council.

It is hoped the exhibition will lead to increased interest and a viable future for the building.

Sarah Nicholson from the Friends of Grant Lodge, which is campaigning to have the building restored, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for the working group to explore how Grant Lodge can have a role in community life and the economy of Elgin and Moray.

"We are keen to hear people’s opinions and support and would encourage them to go along to Elgin Library to see the exhibition, and leave their comments".

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