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Lossiemouth skate park plans roll ahead with CAT approval


By Sarah Rollo

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PLANS for a skate park in Lossiemouth have taken a major step forward.

Moray Council's economic growth, housing and environmental sustainability committee approved a community asset transfer request (CAT) for land at Coulardbank Playing Fields when they met yesterday.

Subject to approval by the court, the Lossiemouth Community Development Trust will take on a 25-year lease of a 0.18 hectare site, for £1 annual rent.

Funding has already been identified for the skate park proposals, which have community support.

Heldon and Laich councillor John Cowe welcomed the CAT application and thanked everyone for their work in reaching the milestone.

He said: "I'm delighted to see this before us today, it has been some time coming. The application is from Lossiemouth Community Development Trust with support from Lossiemouth Community Council and it was a high priority in a local questionnaire that came up some time ago in the town hall and elsewhere, with local people very keen to see this moving forward."

Councillors approve a community asset transfer for land in Lossiemouth which will be used to create a skate park. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Councillors approve a community asset transfer for land in Lossiemouth which will be used to create a skate park. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Cllr Cowe thanked members of Moray Council's community support unit for their work, along with the local skate park group.

"It says no reasonable grounds have been identified for refusing this application so I fully support it today and I hope my colleagues support it too," he added.

Committee chairman, Cllr Graham Leadbitter (Elgin South) added: "I'm very much aware of the huge amount of work that goes into this and the officers' input to this is quite significant but the results are really fantastic for communities and I really commend the work which has been done by the groups and the officers."

Also receiving the green light were CAT requests for Findochty Town Hall and Aberlour's Alice Littler Park.

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