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Moray communities poised to take-over facilities


By Sarah Rollo

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THREE Moray groups will soon hear if they can take ownership of council-run facilities.

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) requests for Findochty Town Hall , a site for a skate park at Coulardbank in Lossiemouth and Aberlour's Alice Littler Park will be considered by councillors this week.

Papers to go before elected members recommend approval for the Findochty Town Hall transfer to the charity named Findochty Town Hall.

Council officers are also recommending approval of the request to grant a 25-year lease of 0.175 hectares of land at Coulardbank to Lossiemouth Community Development Trust.

A community asset transfer request for Findochty Town Hall is among those to be considered.
A community asset transfer request for Findochty Town Hall is among those to be considered.

At Aberlour, the local authority received two competing CAT requests for the Alice Littler Park – one from Aberlour Community Association and a second from Play Aberlour.

Papers recommend approval is granted to the Community Association.

The report states: "The strength of Play Aberlour’s overall business case is considered to be weak and there is a high risk that its projected outcomes would not be achieved."

In contrast, the Association's business case was considered as "strong" and the proposal received "strong support from the community" during public consultation.

Councillors will consider the future of all three assets during a meeting of the authority's economic growth, housing and environmental sustainability committee, which takes place on Tuesday.

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