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Council loan to Common Good fund secures fountain restoration project

Press Release   •   Aug 29, 2017 11:18 BST

Plainstones Fountain in Elgin

A loan by Moray Council means restoration plans for the fountain on Elgin’s Plainstones can go ahead.

The move – backed by all Elgin ward councillors – will entail Moray Council advancing the cash to the Elgin Common Good fund, with a repayment period over the next three years.

The loan was agreed by members of Moray Council’s Policy & Resources committee today.

A preliminary offer for £27,000 towards the restoration costs has already been made by the Elgin Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). The council’s loan of £18,000, along with some funding from monies currently held in the Common Good Fund, will provide the balance.

Chair of the committee, Councillor George Alexander, said the B-listed fountain, which was built in 1844, was an important landmark to restore.

“The fountain on the Plainstones has stood for almost 200 years and is a significant part of Elgin High Street’s history. This investment will ensure it’s standing for many more years to come and will continue to be an attraction to visitors .” 

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 95,510 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

Comments (3)

    Why is money being spent on the fountain when roads need repaired and there's a debate to keep schools open in small villages yet your going to spend all that money for a bit of water to pop out top of fountain really.

    - Karen - Aug 29, 2017 15:27 BST

    Hi Karen, the money is coming out of the Elgin Common Good Fund. If you read the release it states the council is loaning the money to the fund to carry out the repairs.Common Good money cannot be used for services such as roads and schools which are provided by the council and central government.
    Hope that helps

    - peter jones - Aug 29, 2017 15:34 BST

    Given that Elgin has over £1.5M in their common good fund fund why is this being funded from disposable income designed to benefit the people of Elgin. Surely this is maintenance of property of Common Good and can be met from the general fund.

    - Bob Hellyer - Aug 29, 2017 16:02 BST

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