Long term vision for Elgin parks takes a major step forward

Cooper Park

Plans to bring together the Elgin community with design specialists in creating a long-term vision for Lossie Green and Cooper Park will take a major step forward next month.

A Scottish Government focus on the two parks has led them to become part of a design “charrette”, a detailed consultation that involves local people and businesses in considering how they can to develop the community.

Moray Council announced in January that they would join with the Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) in promoting the exercise which is being led by a design consultancy team.

Now the local authority is to host a three-day event at St Giles Church from Monday, March 2 when local people will be able to submit their ideas, as well as visit a design studio between 11am and 4pm on Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4.

Members of the design team will be on hand and encouraging feedback on the plans, which are the result of discussions and survey’s that have been undertaken in recent weeks. These included a series of activities at Elgin High School and Elgin Academy.

Elgin councillor and chair of the MEP, John Cowe, said: “It is aimed to involve residents actually sitting down with the experts and trying to plan a future for the city centre of Elgin, which I think is something that is badly needed.

“This is going to make a huge difference and breathe new life into the centre of Elgin.”

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