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Could Elgin have its own Kelpies?

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Richard Lochhead
Richard Lochhead

PEOPLE attending a public design event in Elgin next week are being encouraged to think big.

St Giles’ Church on the Plainstones will host the latest stage in the charrette consultation looking at the development of Lossie Green, Cooper Park and the surrounding area from Tuesday until Thursday.

Moray MSP, Richard Lochhead, is keen to see a destination art installation akin to the Falkirk Kelpies.

The charrette is part of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan, and Moray Council has appointed a consultant team to facilitate the public design workshops.

Mr Lochhead, who will be attending the launch event at St Giles’ Church at 4.30pm on Monday, said: "My view is that Elgin and Moray should think big and that we need to be ambitious.

There are no shortage of inspirations and lessons to learn from elsewhere in Scotland, Europe and the world.

"Imagine what it would do for our image, pride, and economy if we had our own version of the Kelpies.

"Something spectacular that people from all over will want to visit and see for themselves.

"All we have to do to make this happen is focus our community’s creative minds. Elgin and Moray has plenty of heritage, culture and history to inspire ideas and visions.

"The launch of the charrette is a fantastic opportunity for local people to play a role in determining how the centre of Elgin will look in the future, and I’m really enthusiastic about encouraging the public to be creative.

"There should be no limit on our ambition for Elgin and you only have to look at the success of destination art projects elsewhere, to see how being imaginative can really boost an area’s image.

"Moray already has a fantastic tourism sector and the idea of introducing dynamic and creative art projects could be an exciting addition, making even more folk want to visit Elgin.

"I will be bringing together community leaders in due course to explore this idea but in the meantime I wish the charrette every success and hope this can feature in these discussions as well."

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