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LOCHHEAD TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON MORAY WILDFIRES

27/05/2019  

Moray’s SNP MSP, Richard Lochhead, is set to hold a public meeting on the recent wildfires locally.  

Mr Lochhead will be joined by representatives from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, as well as local police officers, who will give outline the key issues and take questions from the public on recent events.

The meeting will be held on Monday 3rd June at the Houldsworth Institute in Dallas starting at 7pm.

Commenting Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“In the last few weeks we’ve seen two large wildfires take hold in Moray and I’ve seen first-hand the blackened landscapes and the extent of the damage caused. 

“I know that the increasing frequency of these fires locally is causing real concern in our rural communities, given the impact wildfires have on local landscapes, wildlife and habitats, as well as the potential threat they pose to infrastructure and homes.

“These recent fires were brought under control thanks to a monumental effort from local fire fighters, who worked alongside the police, gamekeepers, estate workers and other community volunteers, who rallied around to extinguish the fires under challenging conditions.  

“I’ve had good discussions with Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service about the need to be better prepared for wildfires, given that we expect to have more long, dry spells of weather in the future. 

“A number of constituents have been in touch with me about a range of issues connected to the recent wildfires and the meeting will be a good opportunity for those to be aired and discussed.”

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