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Councillors agree to progress new Lossie High build

13th March 2018

COUNCILLORS have today agreed to progress building of the new Lossiemouth High School.

Costs for the project had escalated due to the challenges presented by the build, including difficult ground conditions. However officers have been working to redesign elements of the school and, as agreed by councillors, the total extra cost to the council will now be £1.3m.

Changes to the design have been made, but without compromising on classroom sizes or community facilities. Moray Council, with funding from the Scottish Futures Trust, remains committed to completing the build by June 2020 to include a new secondary school, community centre, library, 3G pitch and swimming pool.

Life-saving defibrillator installed at Burghead harbour office

LIFE-SAVING equipment has been installed at Burghead harbour office.

A defibrillator is now available to visitors and the local community round-the-clock, and it’s hoped that more can be installed in other harbours in Moray.

Moray Council has funded the wiring and facilitated the installation, with the defibrillator being donated by the Lyons family, through the Burghead and Cummingston Community Council, in memory of well-known Burghead man, Billy.

Duncan Brown, Moray Council’s Harbour Operations Manager, said the life-saving equipment would make a real difference to the coastal community.

“Although of course we hope it’s not going to be regularly used, having this defibrillator publicly available 24/7 offers reassurance to the community that, should the worst happen, they can provide help while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.”

Les Taylor, who sits on Burghead and Cummingston Community Council, has been instrumental in the project to install the defibrillator, which is one of a series they’re fundraising for across the area. He said that they've been liaising with 'Defibs for Moray' on the project and that all contributions, no matter how small, were valued.

“Some people have donated money, others have given their time. We’ve had donations in from individuals and local businesses – so we pass on our thanks to everyone.”

RAF Lossiemouth Voluntary Band

Take at look at this fantastic opportunity to play in a local concert band.

RAF Lossiemouth Voluntary Band is based at the RAF Station of the same name just five miles from Elgin.

Its members are serving, retired and non serving musicians living in the local area.

We offer weekly rehearsals, regular opportunities to play for and represent the RAF, no subscriptions, musical instrument supplied(subject to availability), RAF uniform supplied, ideal opportunity to develop musical skills and to develop friendships with like minded people.

Contact the Bandmaster Mr James Gray on 01343817508 for further information.

Two popular authors at Elgin library

Two acclaimed authors are making a trip to Elgin library next month to celebrate their new releases.

Former barrister turned crime writer, Helen Fields, is the first to pay a visit. She’ll stop by on Wednesday 6 September at 7pm, to talk about her latest novel of murder and intrigue, Perfect Prey.

Best-selling crime writer, Lin Anderson, will be joined by a forensic guest as they discuss her work, in particular the latest outing for her fictional forensic expert, Macleod, in the Cairngorms. They’ll visit on Monday 25 September at 2.30pm.

Lin’s books often feature in the list of most borrowed books from Moray’s libraries, and her 12th Rhona McLeod novel, Follow the Dead, is sure to be popular with library customers.

Tickets for both events are priced at £5 and are available from either Elgin library, or Moray Council’s online shop.

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Review of schools estate in Buckie area

Councillors in Moray will consider a review of the schools estate in the Buckie area to ensure a high standard of education and facilities is available to pupils.

Earlier this year a ‘Schools for the Future’ review was carried out by Moray Council officers, who audited the sustainability of primary and secondary schools in the Buckie Associated Schools Group (ASG).

It highlighted the unsustainability of four primary schools in the ASG, which are currently operating at less than 50 per cent capacity, as well as making recommendations for streamlining the school estate and making the best use of spare capacity in primary schools.

Today, members of Moray Council’s Children and Young People's Services committee agreed to consider a future review which Chair, Councillor Tim Eagle, reassured would not focus on school closures, rather making sure all young people have access to quality education and facilities.

“We’ve carried out Schools for the Future reviews in other ASGs, and Buckie is no different. What we’re looking to do across Moray is secure best value for the council, and provide the best learning environment possible. We will continue to fully involve staff, pupils and parents in any discussions which may take place in the future.”

Councillors also agreed to consider a new-build for Buckie High School in the future, which could see a joint campus with a new-build Cluny Primary School, along with nursery provision and a community hub.

A report to the committee noted that “although the school [Buckie High School] has been well cared for it is not a school for the 21st century”, with condition of the school at B standard, suitability at C standard and safety and security rated at D standard.

Currently at 75% capacity, the number of pupils enrolled at Buckie High School is set to soar, with 94% capacity forecasted for 2024.