Published: 21/02/2017 09:39 - Updated: 21/02/2017 10:01

Local watchdog hears concerns

FINDHORN And Kinloss Community Council were at the James Milne Institute in Findhorn for their frst meeting of the year.

Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council chair Les Morgan
Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council chair Les Morgan

Varied issues were on the agenda including coastal erosion, planning applications, websites for Findhorn, Kinloss Abbey, a sink hole at Southside, tackling hogweed, felling of a village pine tree, and school re-zoning.

But frst up was the police report with councillor Sue Finnegan reporting that police had informed her of an ‘Operation Typhoon’ zero tolerance initiative to tackle dog fouling where the public are encouraged to report incidents.

“I haven’t heard about this before and I would like to know more about it as it could be a good idea here,” she said.

Chairman, Les Morgan agreed with councillor Finnegan that she should find out more and added that although the new police re ort is a little difficult to access, that the information is useful and welcome.

Speaking from the public gallery, Christine Hunt asked the community council to investigate why the Findhorn Foundation was using multiple websites containing the word Findhorn, precluding the village from using


Following a short discussion, the chair agreed to contact them and voice the community’s concerns and Mrs Finnegan agreed to look at the website.

Mrs Hunt also reported that boulders had fallen near the steps to the beach, blocking them. There was a discussion regarding responsibility and it was decided that Moray Council should be contacted.

There was also some confusion about the location so Mrs Hunt agreed to take a photograph and send to the chairman who would pass it on to the local authority.

Coastal erosion was further discussed having been raised by a local resident concerned about the issue.

Frank Allan gave a brief update on the Findhorn Village Conservation Company.

“There are various working groups who are working on various projects,” he said, explaining this included issues with the Crown Estate, plans for a village path, funded by the David Urquhart bequest, which is now at the design stage; the Findhorn garage site and the Moray development plan.

“We are also looking for potential future revenue schemes,” he said, adding that he would report back.

The meeting heard that a fundraiser for the Kinloss Abbey at the church was very successful, with a newsletter now available.

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