Published: 20/10/2016 12:02 - Updated: 20/10/2016 12:06

New bid to buy Mosset Park

A BID has been launched to buy the home of Forres Mechanics FC.

A CAT has been proposed for Mosset Park and adjacent land at Bogton
A CAT has been proposed for Mosset Park and adjacent land at Bogton

Forres Community Leisure (FCL), a new company set up to benefit the local community, is investigating the possibility acquiring Mosset Park stadium and adjacent land at Bogton.

FCL are seeking a Community Asset Transfer of the local Common Good property which is currently administered by Moray Council.

Should the council agree on the validity of a potential asset transfer, FCL will then begin the formal application process.

Cans chairman James ‘Doc’ Anderson is fully committed to helping the community initiative succeed.

He said: "For our club it will mean transferring ownership of our assets at Mosset Park to allow them to be developed and made available to others in the community.

"Operating under the threat of eviction from the two year termination clause in our lease with Moray Council has really hampered the planning and development of the club and its facilities.

"We are looking forward to working with FCL to establish a first class community facility."

Consultation with other organisations in the area will be held to allow FCL to present their plans and seek feedback.

Community input will also be gathered from the Forres 2020 consultation process.

FCL have reached an agreement with Mechanics whereby the club would transfer their assets to the community organisation in return for long term security of tenure, creating a truly community owned facility.

Ownership of the land and assets will allow FCL to seek funding to enhance and further develop the existing facilities and to establish new leisure facilities for the use of the wider community.

Read the full story in next week’s print edition of the Gazette.

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