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North Street in Elgin to remain closed to traffic


By Alistair Whitfield

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The demolition and renovations of Elgin's Poundland store continues with a tower crane and scaffolding surround the building. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
The demolition and renovations of Elgin's Poundland store continues with a tower crane and scaffolding surround the building. ..Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

North Street in Elgin will continue to remain closed to traffic for up to another 18 months.

Moray Council has today issued a public notice stating that "owing to dangerous building repair works" it will be necessary in the interest of public safety to keep the road closed.

This notice runs until December 2022.

Work is ongoing at the Poundland store on the corner of North Street.

The B-listed site has been clad in scaffolding since May 2018, forcing traffic to travel up Batchen Street.

Water seeping in through the roof over many years had significantly weakened the building, leading to fears that parts might collapse.

Poundland, which originally leased the Victorian-era premises, bought the site in 2019 for a nominal sum.

Plans submitted to Moray Council propose it continues as a retail outlet.

However there will also be modern flats in the upper floors and at the rear along North Street.

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