Moray Council announces £38 million capital programme

MORAY Council has announced its capital programme for the coming year will see over £38 million invested in improving roads, schools, bridges and parks.

The programme forms part of a wider plan from the local authority to invest £482.4 million in supporting growth in the constituency.

The investment is broken down into a spend of £4.3 million on roads; over £9 million on school refurbishments and new builds; £10 million on waste management; £3.4 million on economic developments; £930,000 on bridge improvements; £585,000 to provide play park upgrades and cemetery expansions.

Alongside the announcement of the funding, the council also confirmed that work to repair Foths Bridge near Birnie has been brought forward, as have plans to develop an all-weather pitch in Forres with an additional £170,000 being pumped into tourism infrastructure.

Leader of Moray Council, councillor Graham Leadbitter, said, “The budget approved today is a budget for recovery – economic recovery, green recovery, social recovery and education recovery. It sets out substantial and ongoing investment in the many services that the council provides and which people across Moray rely upon every single day.

“We’re conscious that some projects were put on hold last year due to pandemic restrictions but we’re keen to see progress on these as Moray moves to the recovery phase.”