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Council workers have been briefed on the budget proposals due to be debated at a meeting of the Full Council next Wednesday afternoon.
The briefing assures staff that no redundancies or service reductions are anticipated for the year 2016/17, but that the council faces a huge deficit in subsequent years. Agenda papers for the meeting are due to be published on Friday. These will contain greater detail of where any savings are to be made.
The council is proposing to vary the catchment areas for Forres Academy, Lossiemouth High School, Elgin Academy, Elgin High School and Milne’s High School.
Pupils from Elgin High School visited RAF Lossiemouth recently as part of an engineering challenge. The group are part of a nationwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) initiative to encourage young people into engineering careers.
Council officers have negotiated with contractors to bring the cost of the new school down by £400,000. Turf-cutting ceremony is scheduled for March 16th
Walking and cycling routes are on the up in Moray is response to demand from residents and tourists. There are currently 11 Health Walk Groups operating in Moray, and a new cycle guide has been launched by Moray Speyside Tourism.
More volunteers are being sought to help deliver the next LEADER and Fisheries programmes in Moray which are funded by the European Union and Scottish Government to the amount of £3.8 million.
Volunteers are being sought to help run the job clubs at Forres and Keith libraries.
A new community project involving pupils from Hopeman Primary School and members of the local Be Active Life Long (BALL) group starts tomorrow.
Parents whose children will be starting primary school in Moray at the beginning of the new session in August are being reminded that tomorrow (Friday) is the deadline for registration.
The former railway viaduct spanning the River Spey at Garmouth is to be closed to walkers and cyclists for six weeks from next Monday.
Record-breaking long distance cyclist Mark Beaumont is to give a talk about his exploits at Elgin library next month.
A number of schools in Moray are set to benefit from the Ministry of Defence’s education support fund.