Moray Council planning exhibition – Longmore Hall, Keith, 13th March

Planning exhibitions will showcase future potential developments in Moray

Press Release   •   Jan 09, 2018 09:51 GMT

A SERIES of exhibitions showcasing future potential housing and business development launches next week.

Nine events will be held in towns and villages across Moray, where members of local communities are welcome to come along and speak with planning officers about future possible developments in Moray.

It comes after the launch of the Main Issues Report last month. Now, visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore how we will use land in the area in the future, including new or expanded infrastructure, schools, health centres and more.

Factors like minimising climate change, balancing the protection of the environment and making space for residents to remain active and healthy citizens, will also be discussed.

All drop-in exhibitions will feature interactive mapping using touch screens, highlighting what development is being proposed in each area. Expansion to the south west of Buckie and east of Forres for housing is being considered. New industrial land is being considered to the south of Elgin, at Waterford in Forres, and to the west of Mosstodloch. More modest expansion is being considered in other towns and villages such as Keith, Fochabers, and Aberlour.

Chair of Moray Council’s Planning & Regulatory Services Committee, Cllr Marc Macrae said he is looking forward to hearing the views of residents and businesses across Moray.

“We’re in the very early stages of developing our plan for the built environment of Moray from 2020 onwards.

“Staff will be using new methods and technologies to engage with the public and I would encourage anyone with an interest in the future shape of Moray – both residential and commercial – to come along to any of the sessions being held, or indeed to write in with their comments or suggestions.

“This is a great opportunity for people to play a very real part in the future of Moray.”

Those who can’t attend the exhibitions can access more information online on Moray Council’s Copies of the documents are available to view at all Moray Council access points and libraries. Information will also be posted on the Moray Council Planning Facebook page throughout the consultation period.

Responses can be made via the online form, by email to or in writing to Local Development Plan, Development Services, Moray Council, Council Offices, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

Date and Time Venue
Wednesday 17 January
2 – 8pm
Fleming Hall, Aberlour
Tuesday 23 January
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Elgin
Wednesday 31 January
2 – 8pm
Fisherman’s Hall, Buckie
Tuesday 6 February
2 – 8pm
Fochabers Institute, Fochabers
Thursday 15 February
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Lossiemouth
Wednesday 21 February
2 – 8pm
Mortlach Memorial Hall, Dufftown
Thursday 8 March
2 – 8pm
Town Hall, Forres
Tuesday 13 March
2 – 8pm
Longmore Hall, Keith
Saturday 17 March
9.30am – 4pm
St Giles Church, Elgin

Seafield Vets change to appointment service

Just a reminder that Seafield Vets are now operating a prebooked appointment service (rather than the previous walk in surgeries) so please phone to make an appointment.
Opening hours are : Mondays to Fridays 8:30 to 9am; 2pm to 4pm; 4:30pm to 6pm. Saturday 2pm to 3pm.
Emergencies will remain the same and do not need to book a slot however you are still required to phone and inform them prior to arrival.

Have your say on the Moray Council’s budget proposals for 2018-2019

Please find below information regarding the Moray Council’s proposed budget for 2018-2019 including how to make comment should you wish to do so. If you would like to make comment then please do so by 14th January.
Comments can be made via an online interactive survey at, be emailed to, be tweeted @TheMorayCouncil, via the below the Facebook group (Moray Council: Budget 2018), or in writing to :
Budget 2018
Room 207
Moray Council HQ
IV30 1BX
You can also contact one of our local councillors to discuss this with them.
Link to budget on Moray Council website :
Local councillor information :
Facebook page :

Stuart MacBride to visit Keith Library

Stuart MacBride, best known for his Logan McRae series, and whose latest novel, ‘Now We Are Dead’ featuring controversial DS Roberta Steel was released in November 2017, will be visiting Keith Library on 1st February. If you would like to purchase tickets please contact Keith Library on 01542 882233 or online at

Country Quines pay tribute to Railway Club founder

In tribute to Jimmy Bayne, The Railway Club organised for Country Quines, a trio of young and talented traditional musicians to play at the club on December 29th.

Jimmy Bayne, who sadly passed away aged 94, was a very loyal and dear friend who founded the Railway Club many years ago.

Country Quines performed amazingly in his honour and provided toe tapping, knee knocking and thigh slapping music for all. They will be returning to The Railway Club on 1st January 2018 (early evening) to perform again so why not pop in and see some talented musicians.

New Yogazone Classes

Yogazone are delighted to announce the next 6 week block of Yogazone class dates for 2018.  This is only able to happen due to the support of their customers.

Class start dates :

Monday 8 Jan@ 18:30…..Newmill Hall

Monday 8 Jan@ 20:00…..Newmill Hall

Tuesday 9 Jan@ 13:15…..Newmill Hall

Tuesday 9 Jan@ 18:30…..Hay Hall, Cornhill

Tuesday 9 Jan@ 20:00…..Hay Hall, Cornhill

Thursday 11 Jan@ 10:00…..North Kirk, Keith

Thursday 11 Jan@ 13:00…..North Kirk, Keith

Thursday 11 Jan@ 19:00…..North Kirk, Keith

Places need to be pre-booked for the 6 week block. Cost £30. To be paid at the begining of week one please.

Please contact Yogazone via

Interested in Salsa Latin Dance?

Do you want to learn to dance, have fun and meet new friends?
Keith Railway Club are currently looking into providing a Salsa Latin Dance class and would like to see how many people would be interested. Classes would start in the New Year and you can come as a pair or on your own.
Salsa dancing has many benefits ; anti-ageing (keeps you feeling young, increases lung capacity, benefits heart and cardiovascular systems), increases confidence and self esteem, social benefits, self expression, weight loss, improves flexibility, co-ordination and posture and, brings you happiness and fulfilment.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to note your interest in these classes please private message Keith Railway Club on Facebook ( or phone on 07920 772436.

First acts announced for Friendly Fest 2018!

Chris Helme (Seahorses) and The Complete Stone Roses are joined by local heroes The Carousels and Sons Of The Soil. Early Bird Tickets go on sale tomorrow (20.12.17) at 9am. Ticket link –

New Gym open at Stagestars

Local duo to compete in European Pool Championships as part of Scotland’s National Pool Team

Neil Craig and Alan Bonnyman, both born and bred in Keith, have been successful in qualifying for the National Scottish Pool Team for the 2018 season. This includes playing in the European Championships hosted by the European 8Ball Pool Federation in Malta between 18th and 25th February 2018.

Neil, who works as a Design Draughtsman for Clark and Sutherland, plays for the Ugie House Hotel B team, and has played in a multitude of tournaments. A highlight of his pool career was one of his most recent tournaments which was held in Edinburgh at The Shandon, where he won his qualification for the Scottish team.

Alan is a window cleaner with his own business, A.B Window Cleaning and plays at the Grampian hotel. Alan has won numerous singles tournaments including seven Keith singles and six regional tour events. Three of the tour events were won this season back to back. Unfortunately Alan narrowly lost in the final of the 3rd but came back fighting and won the 4th. As a result Alan finished number one in the tour rankings which qualified him for the Scottish Squad for 2018.

The European Championships will see Neil and Alan playing teams from all over Europe, as well as fighting it out in the singles competition for the European 8ball Pool Singles Championship.

Should you wish to support and follow Neil and Alan at the competition you will be able to do this online at You will also be able to see scores and hopefully watch matches via the live stream.

As expected both Neil and Alan are absolutely delighted to be picked to represent Scotland and are eagerly anticipating the competition in Malta. However, they now face the challenge of raising the money to fund this trip as unfortunately costs aren’t covered for them. As a result, alongside savings, they will be aiming to raise funds by running a Football Card over the Christmas period and January. These will be available to purchase at both the Ugie and Grampian Hotels and will see the winner receiving a cash prize. Neil is also in the process of organising a pool competition to be held at the Ugie House Hotel. The proprietors, Robbie and Midge Martin, will be providing the cash prize for this event. Alongside these fundraisers they are also hoping to gain sponsorship from either companies or individuals. Should you or your company wish to sponsor them then please contact either Neil or Alan via Facebook. In sponsoring them they will proudly wear your logo on their shirts at all pool events as well as supporting your company and brand in any way they can.

Neil winning the league cup

Neil winning the end of season cup with the Ugie B team

Neil at Stockport at the home nations

Alan winning the Keith singles competition at the Ugie House Hotel


Alan winning a tour event which helped him to accumulate points to qualify for automatic selection for the Scotland team