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Public consultation on future of Moray Economy

19 August 2011

Less than a month after the reprieve of RAF Lossiemouth from defence cuts, Moray communities are being urged to keep the campaigning momentum going to secure the area's future.

Two major new reports, available below, that will provide the blueprint for the local economy for years to come have been released and local residents are being asked what they think.

The Moray Economic Strategy and Elgin - City for the Future have been commissioned by the Moray Community Planning Partnership as twin strategies which will underpin Moray's economic development for the foreseeable future.

Over a considerable period of time and in anticipation of a period of economic uncertainty, a vast amount of work has gone into the preparation of the two strategies which, while separate, complement each other.

They will help decision makers address the challenges faced by the area following the rationalisation of the RAF's presence in Moray which will see RAF Kinloss close and convert to an Army base, with RAF Lossiemouth - whose future was uncertain until just a few weeks ago - remaining as Scotland's only RAF station.

Elgin - City for the Future focuses on the economic future of Moray's business and commercial capital, while the Moray Economic Strategy presents an over-arching vision of ambition, innovation and sustainable economic growth, building on key strengths while encouraging diversification across all areas of the local economy.

One of the principal elements of the implementation stage is engagement and consultation with local communities to ensure they play a full part in seeing the strategies converted into economic activity right across Moray.

Next month will see a series of meetings, open to the public and to community groups and their representatives, being held at seven venues to raise awareness of the strategies and their aims and to gather grassroots feedback.

Those with a detailed knowledge of the strategies will be on hand to explain, discuss and answer questions.

Key players in the Moray Community Planning Partnership are Moray Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Moray College, Grampian Police and NHS Grampian, and it is chaired by Councillor George McIntyre, the convener of Moray Council.

Councillor McIntyre urged as many people as possible to turn out for the meetings or use the online facility to comment.

"As the RAF Lossiemouth result shows, the Moray community can achieve much when it pulls together," he said.

"I hope to see that campaigning spirit maintained as we map out a more resilient economy for the future.

"These two strategy documents will give direction to Moray's economic development for a long time to come.

"Each and every person in Moray is a stakeholder in these strategies and it is vitally important that they make their views known."

The meetings will be held in seven key towns across Moray. Times, locations and dates are on Moray Council's website. Anyone planning on attending the meetings should view the strategies first to familiarise themselves with the content. These are available from the council's website, libraries and access points as from Monday August 22.

Those who cannot attend the meetings but wish to comment on the documents can use the online consultation form to answer questions and leave comments.

The consultation period will end on October 30th.

Download the reports:

Supporting documentation can also be viewed on Moray Council's website.



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