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Have your say on Forres site's future

By Lorna Thompson

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THE public are invited to an event exploring sustainable options for the old Leanchoil Hospital in Forres.

Alternative public uses are being looked at for the Victorian-era listed building following its closure by owners NHS Grampian last November.

Forres Community Council will hold an informal stakeholder consultation event discussing the potential of the site in advance of the public drop-in session.

The former Leanchoil Hospital in Forres.
The former Leanchoil Hospital in Forres.

Members of the public are invited to drop in between 1-7.30pm on Friday, June 21, at Forres Tolbooth. Attendees will be encouraged to express their views on the past, present and potential of the site to the team tasked with finding a future for the building.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said: "I welcome the consultation events to explore options for the future of Leanchoil.

"I know there’s a warmth of feeling in the community towards the historic building and its beautiful surroundings – which is unsurprising as Leanchoil played a significant role in the area for over 125 years.

"I am confident there are many people within Forres and beyond who will want to have their say and bring ideas to the table to promote a long-term future for the site."

Forres councillor Claire Feaver conducted a survey of local residents last year and found that the number one issue in the area was the future of Leanchoil.

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