Village joins the drive to plan for its own future

PortgordonPORTGORDON IS THE latest Moray village that has taken up the challenge of comparing a variety of options in planning the future of their community.

The process ‘Planning for Real®’ has already been adopted by other communities in Moray and throughout the country – now a group of volunteers are working to bring the innovative methods to Portgordon.

For that they are looking for input from people of all ages who will help them create the vision of what the village might look like in years to come.  Volunteers are required from the village to work through the Moray Council-supported planning process by putting forward their ideas and suggestions that will inform an action plan for the community.

A large 3D scale model of the village is being constructed and will be used as a visual aid to steer discussion about how the village could look by 2020 and beyond.

Throughout May and June, residents of all ages are being invited to the village hall to help create the scale model. These will take place on Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon and on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm.

With refreshments provided, children and adults will be encouraged to paint, stick and create model buildings to form the virtual planning map. Once complete and in order to make it accessible to everyone, the model will become mobile and will visit the school and community groups and local events.

Anyone who would like to take part in the project or who would like the model to visit their group once complete should e-mail

Progress on the creation of the model can also be tracked on the group’s Facebook page Portgordon Planning for Real®.