Successful meeting regarding the closure of the Longmore Hall

A public meeting was held on Monday 19th March at the Longmore Hall regarding its future beyond the end of June. The meeting was chaired by former councillor, Gary Coull, and was well attended and informative.

Theresa Coull, local councillor, Andrew Gray, Community Asset Transfer (CAT) co-ordinator from the Moray Council and Gordon Christie, Chair of the Fochabers Village Association who took over the running of the Fochabers Institute in 2012, were all in attendance and each gave an informative talk regarding the future of the Longmore Hall. Unfortunately due to a family bereavement Richard Lochhead MSP had to send his apologies as he was unable to attend. Following the talks the audience were given a chance to ask questions.

The impression of the meeting was that the local community were very keen to keep the Longmore Hall open and are willing to be a part of this. Forms were handed out at the meeting for people to enter their details should they be interested in being a part of running the hall, and as such these individuals are to be invited back to another meeting to discuss how to start to bring a Community Asset Transfer forward, which is the next stage. This meeting will take place on Monday 26th March, 7pm, at the Longmore Hall.  Anyone who wasn’t able to attend the first meeting, didn’t get a chance to fill in the form, or has changed their mind and would like to be involved should contact Theresa Coull on theresa.coull@moray.gov.uk.