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Developer cash draws a crowd

Maggie Clyde, Hilda Puskas, Buckie Area Forum, Buckie
Maggie Clyde, Hilda Puskas, Buckie Area Forum, Buckie

AN appeal for ideas on how best to spend almost £45,000 of developer contribution cash in Buckie drew in the crowds to a drop-in session.

The Fishermen's Hall played host to the event to look at possible ways to spend £43,771 in remaining developer funds lodged by Tesco and Robertson's in 2010.

Moray Council developer contribution officer Hilda Puskas said: "There's been quite a lot of interest in the fund and we've had some ideas in already, which is great."

An additional £15,000 from the fund has been ring-fenced for Buckie Area Forum's Regeneration Group.

Buckie Councillors Sonya Warren, Gordon Cowie and Tim Eagle welcomed the positive response to the drop-in.

Councillor Warren said: "I was delighted to see such a positive response to the appeal for suggestions as to how to spend the remaining developer contribution.

"As I've said before, community spirit is strong in Buckie and I'm certain that there will be many excellent and innovative ideas which will benefit the town as a whole.

"I look forward to seeing what local groups and organisations have in mind."

Councillor Cowie said: "I'm very pleased with the turnout and a lot of good ideas coming to the fore out of it.

"It is now time to collate them and see what the public would like to happen."

Councillor Eagle added: "It is great we have this money available to use in Buckie and already many local people have come forward with a range of ideas, let's keep them coming."

All applications for funding must be submitted by 5pm on March 29. These can be lodged either by emailing developerobligations@moray.gov.uk or by writing to Developer Contributions, Moray Council, PO Box 6760, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

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