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'Greater clarity needed to assure Lossie public'

By Alistair Whitfield

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Richard Lochhead has called for guarantees that contractors will no longer be moving in and out of Moray while working for the Ministry of Defence.

Defence Minister James Heappey announced earlier today that the MoD was ceasing roofing work on several homes in Lossiemouth inhabited by military families.

That work was being carried out by contractors from the central belt.

Concerns have been raised within the town ever since the contractors returned to Moray at the beginning of week to continue the roofing work.

However, Moray's MSP said that greater clarity was still needed to reassure residents as work is still taking place inside the perimeter fence at RAF Lossiemouth.

Mr Lochhead said: "I’ve been inundated with emails and messages from constituents, including military families, expressing serious concern about construction workers moving in and out of the area to carry out maintenance on RAF houses.

"I have conveyed these concerns to the MoD.

"I’m pleased that maintenance on the houses will be stopped.

"I’ve no doubt that the families in South Covesea Terrace and the wider community will be relieved that this decision has been taken.

"However, the MoD needs to give a clear and detailed outline of what works are continuing so the community knows exactly what is going on.

"That way people can be assured that workers will no longer be moving in and out of the area to work on MoD projects.

"Assurances are needed that all non-essential construction and maintenance work, both sides of the wire, will be stopped until restrictions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus are lifted."

Earlier this week Mr Lochhead also asked for assurances that construction workers upgrading the runway at RAF Lossiemouth were being provided with accommodation on the base.

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