Council stand ready to support Housing Association after building wrecked

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MORAY COUNCIL HAS said they are ready to help in whatever way they can following the severe criminal damage caused to supported accommodation on Land Street at the weekend.

An industrial vehicle was crashed into a building owned by the ARK Housing Association causing damage that was being inspected in detail yesterday, but is understood to be extensive. A man was charged in connection with the incident that happened in the early hours of Sunday morning and appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court.

Four homes were affected, two of them occupied by Moray Council tenants who were moved to temporary accommodation by the local authority, who said that they were pleased that no injuries were sustained.

A statement from the Council on Monday said: “ARK has contacted Moray Council to confirm that assessors and structural engineers are on site this afternoon to inspect the property.

“Apart from the care of our tenants, Moray Council’s role is that of public safety in case of further building collapse. The council is content at this stage that ARK staff are doing all that is required in this regard, and our only involvement is likely to be further into the process.

“This could be in an advisory capacity, for planning issues or when permits for temporary closure of part of the carriageway may be required.”