Published: 03/11/2017 08:55 - Updated: 03/11/2017 09:16

Future of town hall is in your hands

Town HallTHE COMMUNITY is invited to have a say in the future of Forres Town Hall.

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) is exploring the possibility of a Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of the B-listed building, which is regularly used by various organisations for meetings and events.

Development officer, Debbie Herron, announced last May that Fact was investigating a potential takeover and upgrade to benefit the community.

She said: "We know this is still very early in the process and, in order to meet the consultation criteria laid down by the Scottish Government and Moray Council, we need to gather the opinion and suggestions of the community at large."

FACT recognises the town hall’s potential as a thriving centre for community groups and social enterprises, as well as providing space for events and meetings.

It could also provide a permanent base for FACT and services it delivers, including IT drop-ins run by Forres online.

Ms Herron also made assurances that reducing usage costs would be a priority should the transfer go ahead.

Scottish Land Fund Stage 1 funding paid for valuations, engineering and structural surveys, and architects drawings by local architects LDN.

FACT will now host a number of consultation events and meetings with the community.

A community survey will be carried out during an open event from 2pm to 6pm at the town hall on Monday, November 13.

The aim is to inform attendees on the CAT’s progress, present ideas and designs for refurbishment and gather further opinion and suggestions for the way forward.

To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/town-hall-consultation-tickets-38762782526?a=es2

For more information email FACT at info@forresarea.org or give them a call on 01309 674388.

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