Published: 02/03/2018 09:59 - Updated: 02/03/2018 10:07

Help us save Elgin Town Hall

Elgin Town HallTHE first steps forward have been taken in a community bid to take over Elgin Town Hall from Moray Council.

A working party has now been formed to investigate the financial position of the hall and consider alternative ways it might be run to make it sustainable.

In addition, a notice of interest has already been placed with the local authority to start the formal process.

Former councillor Barry Jarvis, is a director of the Lantern of the North, which is leading the initiative.

He said: "It is clear that the decision to close has caused a lot of fear and alarm for many within Elgin and Moray.

"Despite this it is great to see how many people are wanting to stand up and be part of a solution rather than simply opposing the closure.

"No one is under any false impressions about the amount of work ahead.

"The timescales for getting a credible plan and the necessary legal infrastructure in place are very, very tight but we are determined and focussed on building our case."

The council has confirmed that halls across Moray will close in June should no credible community plan be in place to take them over.

In addition to the formation of the working group, Facebook and Twitter profiles have been created in order to keep the community informed about progress.

These are @elgintownhall on Twitter, and ‘Elgin Town Hall for the Community’ on Facebook.

Those interested are encouraged to like and share these pages to build as large a following as possible to support the work of the group.

THE first steps forward have been taken in a community bid to take over Elgin Town Hall from Moray Council.

A working party has now been formed to investigate the financial position of the hall and consider alternative ways it might be run to make it sustainable.

In addition, a notice of interest has already been placed with the local authority to start the formal process.

Former councillor Barry Jarvis, is a director of the Lantern of the North, which is leading the initiative.

He said: "It is clear that the decision to close has caused a lot of fear and alarm for many within Elgin and Moray.

"Despite this it is great to see how many people are wanting to stand up and be part of a solution rather than simply opposing the closure.

"No one is under any false impressions about the amount of work ahead.

"The timescales for getting a credible plan and the necessary legal infrastructure in place are very, very tight but we are determined and focussed on building our case."

The council has confirmed that halls across Moray will close in June should no credible community plan be in place to take them over.

In addition to the formation of the working group, Facebook and Twitter profiles have been created in order to keep the community informed about progress.

These are @elgintownhall on Twitter, and ‘Elgin Town Hall for the Community’ on Facebook.

Those interested are encouraged to like and share these pages to build as large a following as possible to support the work of the group.

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