A BUCKIE community group has published its ten-year plan for ‘a better Buckie’ as part of a wider consultation with the town.
Focusing on the themes of learning and life skills, young people, and connectivity and community voice, the Buckie Central East Community Monitoring Group led a series of consultation events throughout Buckie and Portessie to determine the direction of the plan.
Spearheaded initially by the Moray Community Planning Partnership, the plan will be actioned by the community members who make up the theme groups, involving representatives from the local community, Buckie High School, ‘third sector’ organisations, business and public sector bodies.
Speaking after the publication of the plan in Buckie on Wednesday (14 August), chair of the Community Planning Board, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, said: “This particular group brings together all the organisations who are trying to make a better Buckie. Ultimately, we all have the same goal and that is to improve the prospects for all who live here and for the town to live up to its full potential.
“As chair of the Community Planning Board I see lots of people trying to make a difference in communities around Moray and to see progress by this group in Buckie already is heartening.”
Speaking at the event, community volunteer, Susan Chalmers, commented: “As the plan has come together, it’s been reassuring to see that the issues raised by local folk during the consultations have been heard and are being addressed.
“This afternoon has been a great example of voluntary groups and official agencies working together and we hope it will encourage others from the community to get involved in making Buckie an even better place to bide in.”
A copy of the Buckie Central East Local Outcomes Improvement Plan is available on www.buckie.co, where regular updates about the work of the group will be published.
The monitoring group would like to thank the launch event sponsors: Tesco, Café Coull, Lidl, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Walkers, Booker Wholesale, The Fishermen’s Hall, Co-op, Home Bakery, Moray Food Plus, and Moray Community Planning Partnership.
Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.
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