Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Moray MSP, Richard Lochhead has welcomed the Scottish Government’s recent commitment to invest £50million over the next 3 years to refurbish Scotland’s playparks.

On the back of the news that Moray will receive £188,000 this financial year, £282,000 the next year and a significant £469,000 in 2025/26, Richard Lochhead wrote to Moray Council to enquire as to how they intend to spend the money locally.  


Mr Lochhead passed on feedback from constituents who urged that it be distributed throughout Moray and that some be used for accessible play apparatus.

Moray Council responded advising the 2023/24 programme is underway and includes Mannachie Play Area, (Forres), Tomnavoulin Play Area (Speyside) and Netherha Play Area (Buckie).  They advised that any surplus funding will be used for any other equipment repairs at other play areas, including surfacing or ground works.

Furthermore, all tenders will provide inclusive equipment, including equipment suitable for those with hidden disabilities and finally, the designs submitted by companies will be put out to a public vote to select the play park.

Commenting Mr Lochhead said:

”I warmly welcome the substantial Scottish Government investment in refurbishing Scotland’s play parks and am delighted that Moray will receive the guts of £1million over the next 3 years to make improvements.  

”Public feedback suggests that communities want the money spent throughout the area and for accessible apparatus to be installed.  I’m therefore very pleased to note that both these factors are covered by Moray Council’s plans for this year’s funding.

”Playing outside is so important for children’s physical and mental health and I look forward to seeing the results of this substantial investment.”

Councillor Shona Morrison, Co-Leader of Moray Council SNP group, commented:

“It is fantastic to have received such a sizeable investment from the Scottish Government for Moray's playparks.

“This year alone, Forres, Buckie and Speyside will benefit from upgrading with further funding for refurbishment due in 24/25 and 25/26.

“The timing will allow for communities to actively engage with Moray Council to ensure the playparks fully fit the needs of all of our children."