Huntly Hotel plans get help from the Marr Area Committee
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A bid to reopen the Huntly Hotel has been given a small financial boost from a section of Aberdeenshire Council.
The Marr Area Committee unanimously agreed a request for £1000 towards a project to buy, renovate and run the prominent venue, which has now been closed for nearly seven years.
The North East Scotland Preservation Trust (NESPT) made the request to help create a full feasibility study including a valuation of the building.
Councillor Gwyneth Petrie said: "The Huntly Hotel has been a particular issue for a number of years.
"There are serious safety concerns which are growing continuously.
"We know that it’s going to need a significant amount of money to get it up to scratch, but anything we can do to move forward to doing that and seeing the building restored is good.
"It’s a small amount for what will be a big project but I think worth it.”
Meanwhile, The Marr Area Committee also gave the Huntly Development Trust £2000 to help establish a new 'remakery' in the town to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
The money will fund a scoping exercise supported by Remade Network, a firm that has created similar projects in locations across the UK.
Broken or damaged items would be repaired and re-purposed at the remakery before being put up for sale.
Councillor Moira Ingleby said she was "happy" to support both applications but welcomed the Huntly Hotel plan in particular.
She said: "It is a real eyesore.
"I’m very happy to support anything that can be done to improve it."