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Future of Moray's libraries and leisure facilities under examination

By Alistair Whitfield

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The Moray Council annexe on Elgin High Street. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
The Moray Council annexe on Elgin High Street. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Moray Council is looking again at the future of its libraries and leisure facilities.

The local authority, which needs to find £15million of savings over the next two years, is inviting the public to take part in a survey and drop-in sessions.

An initial survey in September was completed by more than 1500 people.

This showed 70% willing to see an increase in charges for leisure facilities.

Libraries are also under scrutiny following the initial survey, which showed almost 55% saying they would accept a reduction in service.

Specific changes will now be tested in the new survey, which will remain open until December 8.

Meanwhile, drop-in sessions are being held for residents to find out more:

Buckie Library: Wednesday, November 22, 3pm-7pm

Aberlour Library: Thursday, November 23, 3pm-4.45pm

Speyside Sports & Community Centre: Thursday, November 23, 5pm-7pm

Lossiemouth Sports & Community Centre (library): Friday, November 24, 3pm-7pm

Keith Sports & Community Centre: Monday, November 27, 3pm-7pm

Forres House Community Centre (library entrance): Tuesday, November 28, 3pm-7pm

Elgin Library: Wednesday, November 29, noon-5pm


Moray Council currently operates nine sport and leisure facilities supported by 138 staff. These provide a range of activities, including swimming lessons and exercise classes.

The local authority currently has 11 libraries and a mobile library bus, which is also the subject of consultation. There are 75 members of staff.

The libraries survey is HERE

The leisure survey is HERE

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