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Who's going to help decide how £20million gets spent in Elgin?

By Alistair Whitfield

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A board will have to be established by the end of this month to help determine how £20million gets spent in Elgin.

Rishi Sunak announced in October that the town has been picked as one of 55 up and down the UK which will get funding from the UK government's Levelling Up project.

The £20million has been promised over the next decade.

However the first required step is to appoint members to a new Elgin Town Board to oversee matters.

Moray Council will discuss the issue when it next meets on Wednesday.

It is being proposed that Douglas Ross and Richard Lochhead, the area's MP and MSP, are included on the board.

Also proposed are Angela Norrie from Elgin BID, the town centre management company, and Jackie Andrews from Elgin Town Hall for the Community.

Then there's Alastair Kennedy, who chairs Elgin Community Council, and David Patterson, who heads up Moray College UHI.

One representative is also being sought from both the police and NHS Grampian.

That adds up to eight names.

Wednesday's meeting will discuss who from the council should also be on the Elgin Town Board.

A report prepared by council officers for the meeting states: "At a recent webinar, it was suggested that between two and four elected members is proportional to a board of around 15 members."

It adds: "The Town Board is required to prepare a 10-year vision and a three-year investment plan by August 1."

It then continues that Elgin had been selected "as one of 55 towns in the UK to receive £20million funding towards issues that matter most to local people, including high streets, heritage and regeneration, public safety and security and transportation."

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