Over 400 have their say on the future shape of Elgin

An extensive consultation exercise on plans for the future direction of Elgin town centre has produced over 400 responses.

Elgin was selected by the Scottish Government for a major design charrette, providing people from all walks of life an opportunity to have their own vision of the future for the town put directly to designers.

A four-day series of demonstrations and planning workshops was put in place by the Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) earlier this month at St Giles Church.

Now initial analysis of the responses has revealed that investment in the town centre was the most popular suggestion, along with a re-imaging of Lossie Green and better connections between all areas around the centre of town.

Management of parking also came out as a popular subject as were calls for vacant or derelict properties such as Grant Lodge to be brought back into use.

Chair of the MEP, Councillor John Cowe, said the event produced “impressive community-wide involvement” and revealed that a final report was being prepared for presentation to the Moray Council and MEP in May.

He said: “The vision, development framework and action plan that has emerged from the charrette will help establish the priorities for regeneration investment and the character and form of development in central Elgin for the next 10 years.

“The impressive community-wide involvement during the process will help to ensure the future support of local residents, businesses and other key stakeholders as proposals progress.”

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