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Lochhead seeks to drive forward Portgordon Harbour meeting


By Alan Beresford

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KEEPING the momentum going on a future vision for Portgordon harbour is to be at the heart of a forthcoming multi-agency meeting.

Joining Richard Lochhead MSP (right) at Portgordon Harbour are harbour group chairman Scott Sliter (left), vice-chairman Colin Hanover and tsiMoray community development officer Michelle Good. Picture: Moray SNP
Joining Richard Lochhead MSP (right) at Portgordon Harbour are harbour group chairman Scott Sliter (left), vice-chairman Colin Hanover and tsiMoray community development officer Michelle Good. Picture: Moray SNP

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, is arranging a meeting between Portgordon community representatives, Crown Estate Scotland and others to make progress on the community vision for the harbour.

It is currently owned and managed by Crown Estate Scotland, who have begun work with the Portgordon Community Harbour Group with a view to community ownership using a Development Trust.

The SNP’s Mr Lochhead met with community representatives in Portgordon last week and has subsequently sought a meeting with the Crown Estate to help keep the momentum up in spite of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Mr Lochhead MSP said: “I commend the community and everyone involved in the Portgordon Community Harbour Group for their efforts and leadership to help improve the village and breathe new vitality into the harbour area.

“Portgordon attracts many tourists, especially to the harbour and along the Speyside Way and there is a real drive to improve facilities for visitors and locals alike.

“The fact that there is still a real drive from both the community and Crown Estate Scotland to keep up momentum despite the current pandemic restrictions shows how important this project is for everyone involved.

“I am pleased that Crown Estate Scotland have very quickly agreed to a meeting with the community and I am hopeful that Highlands & Islands Enterprise will also be involved, given their positivity about the project.

“There are a host of community projects that are really getting going again following a bit of a hiatus with Covid restrictions and the Portgordon Community Harbour Group is a shining example of that enthusiasm.”

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