Budget proposals for 2019/20 financial year
A range of measures to get the Council closer to balancing its budget for 2019/20 were debated by councillors yesterday.The measures will reduce the council’s budget deficit by approximately £2m, with work continuing over the coming month to find another £5m to reach a balanced budget position on 27 February. Subject to consultation with staff affected, the measures are expected to lead to a reduc
Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP opens Elgin High
Moray’s latest secondary school was formally opened yesterday (Monday 22nd) by Deputy First John Swinney on the first day of the winter term.The final touches to the 1,000 pupil school, which has a 3G pitch, gymnasium and high-tech facilities to enable distance learning, had been completed as recently as last week. Mr Swinney was given a tour of the school by head teacher, Hugh McCulloch, pupils a
Secretary of State for Scotland gets an insight into Moray’s vision for the future
The potential for Moray to invigorate its economy and create scores of jobs and opportunities came closer today with a visit by the Secretary of State for Scotland. See video here: David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland, was invited by Moray MP Douglas Ross to hear the details behind the £200million Moray Growth Deal bid.Industry chiefs, council leaders and senior Moray Council and Highlan
A month left to sign up and support the Growth Bid!
Following a successful Moray Growth Deal pitch to Scotland’s Under Secretary of State, Ian (Lord) Duncan yesterday (Thurs), Moray residents now have one month to have their say on the bid.Lord Duncan met Moray Council representatives and local MP Douglas Ross in Elgin to hear details of the area’s Growth Fund Bid, and said he was highly impressed with the pitch.Chair of Moray Council’s Economic De
Elgin City North by-election results
Gowans (SNP) 895 McLean (Con) 923 Monaghan (Ind) 124 Taylor (Lab) 365First preference votes at Stage 1. Under STV, Terry Monaghan is excluded._______________Gowans (SNP) 904 McLean (Con) 970 Taylor (Lab) 389Total votes at Stage 2. Under STV, Nick Taylor is excluded._______________Gowans (SNP) 994 McLean (Con) 1061Total votes at Stage 3. Although no candidate reached the quota, Maria McLean has the
Elgin North by-election - take care of your postal vote.
In just three days since their issue, over a third of postal votes issued for the Ward 6 – Elgin City North Local Government By-Election have already been returned ahead of the poll next Thursday.Postal voters still to return their ballot papers are being urged to take care in completing them. Depute Returning Officer for Moray, Moira Patrick, said: “ It is important to complete the postal voting
New post announced to strengthen community ties with the military
Two councils have joined forces to strengthen links and support to military personnel in the area.Highland Council and Moray Council have been awarded cash from the MoD’s Military Covenant Fund for a Liaison Officer post. The post-holder will work with both councils and military bases at Lossiemouth, Kinloss and Fort George to provide information, guidance and support to ensure military families g
Statement on the budget by Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Stewart Cree
Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Stewart Cree, welcomed the passing of the budget by Full Council.He said: "We have been working with senior managers for some months, looking at ways to reduce our costs and balance the books. I am also grateful to the staff in general who have responded with suggestions and proposals that have allowed us to present a range of savings which will bring both long and sh
Changes for Council ward boundaries in advance of May elections
Changes for Council ward boundaries With Council elections due in May, some electors will be affected by changes to council ward boundaries and will vote in new wards for the first time.The council’s election office is writing to 167 households affected by the changes to highlight the change in their ward. If electors vote in person, the polling station they previously attended will also change.Sm
Free information session for prospective councillor candidates
Free information sessions are being held early next month for anyone considering standing as a councillor. The sessions will help candidates find out more about what the job of a Moray Council involves.
Council leader launches seven-week budget conversation with residents
Starting Monday, Moray Council is launching a seven-week conversation with the community on its budget.Conducted mainly online via social media and the council’s website, residents will also be able to take part via libraries, access points and community centres.A wealth of material and information has been produced and made available to provide as clear a picture as possible of what the council s
A special meeting of the Moray Economic Partnership was held in Elgin today (Tuesday 23) to discuss the news that Kinloss Barracks are under threat as part of an MoD review.
Chair of the MEP, Cllr John Cowe, said that everyone was deeply disappointed that the MoD are reneging on their original promise to consult over the potential closure of the Kinloss Barracks.
Moray museum stages Maori skull repatriation ceremony
A Maori skull which has been held as part of a museum collection in Moray for more than 130 years is to be repatriated to New Zealand.
Public sector organisations seek a conversation with Moray residents
Starting Monday there’s an opportunity to get involved directly with the people and organisations that provide your public services. That includes the police, fire and rescue, council, NHS, HIE, the voluntary sector and others. They’re all part of the Moray Community Planning Partnership and they’re working together to shape the future of Moray’s services for the next ten years.
Schools' Walk of Fame
Congratulations to the Moray primary schoolchildren who are stepping out and leading the way in the national Walk of Fame competition which encourages active travel to school.On Monday - the first day of the competition - Moray had four schools in the top 10 in Scotland, with Kinloss Primary in pole position followed by Greenwards in fourth, Burghead in sixth and Bishopmill in eighth.Yesterday Mor
Turnout figures for Moray
In the Holyrood election count tonight, turnout in Moray was 54.1%, up from 51.1% in 2011. Total votes cast 33,543, out of a potential 61,969 eligible voters.
Scottish elections latest
One hour to go at the Scottish Parliament election polls, have you voted yet?