Moray councillors today agreed to earmark an area of ground in Elgin for allotments.
The council will now submit a planning application for the allotments to be created on a site adjoining the playing fields at Pinefield.
It is envisaged that the Elgin Allotment Association would then develop and operate the site under a lease arrangement.
Moray Council’s policy and resources committee was told that given the current financial situation the council was not in a position to fund the development of the site but would undertake the work to obtain planning permission.
“The Elgin Allotments Association would be expected to take a lease from the council to develop, operate and manage the allotments,” said a report.
“Furthermore, in order to develop the site the association would require to seek funding from external sources.”
The cost of developing the site for allotments has been estimated at £120,000.
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 92,500 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.
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