Findochty Town Hall transfer receives council go-ahead
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VOLUNTEERS have been praised for their work in taking ownership of their community's meeting place.
A community asset transfer (CAT) request for Findochty Town Hall has been given unanimous backing by councillors.
Because the property is held as a common good title, approval will now be sought from the court.
It was one of three CAT requests given the green light by the authority's economic growth, housing and environmental sustainability committee this week – with a skate park in Lossiemouth and Aberlour's Alice Littler Park also gaining approval.
Buckie councillors were united in their praise for the Findochty Town Hall group, which received a KeyStone Award in December 2019, recognising it had met required standards of governance and management.
Councillor Sonya Warren (Buckie, SNP) said trustees and the wider community had all worked extremely hard to achieve their goal and were making a "valuable difference" to the community.
She said: "The hall now has a great feeling when you go into it with the redecoration and improvements visible right from the very start."
The range of activities on offer had been increased, she added, bringing a new lease of life to the village.
Cllr Tim Eagle (Buckie, Conservative) said it was another success story in the CAT scheme.
He said: "Rather than it being about cost savings it became a story of how Moray Council can truly work with some of these communities to pass on local assets to the community where, to be fair, they can be better run."
Cllr Eagle added: "The group that have come together here have been incredible. Every step of the way they have include local councillors, the local community, they have put leaflets through doors to get their messages out, they have done so much to get to this point. I know at times it has not been easy - there has been a lot of paper work to get through - and I am so impressed by them all."
The praise was echoed by Independent Buckie councillor Gordon Cowie, who said: "They are a very hard working committee and what they have done to that hall has just been amazing."
Councillors added their thanks to local authority officers for their work in enabling the CAT request to proceed.