Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead has today welcomed the support of the Scottish Government's Minister for Sport, Jamie Hepburn MSP, for the proposals for a multipurpose sports centre in Moray.

Moray's MSP yesterday [Tuesday] met with the Sport Minister to brief him on the project being led by local businessman Sandy Adam and to seek his support for this exciting local project.  The SNP Government Minister followed up on their meeting with correspondence stating that he is "very happy to support the development in principle".  His email confirmed that sportscotland, the national agency for sport, have been in discussions with Mr Adam and his colleagues and that they have encouraged them to continue to develop their business plan to ensure the proposals are both successful and sustainable.  The Sports Minister also expressed the view that Moray Sports Centre would be a very welcome addition to local sporting infrastructure and offered assurances that sportscotland Chief Executive, Stewart Harris, will continue discussions over the next few weeks and will offer his team's expertise to help shape the final design.

Commenting on this development, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

"I was delighted to have the opportunity to brief the Minister for Sport, Jamie Hepburn, on the plans for first class sports facilities in Moray.

"Having chaired the public meeting at the start of the project I am well aware of the excitement around the project and I know that many people will benefit from its development.  Since then, we've seen plans drawn up and a public consultation held, and it is clear that progress is being made.

" To have the support of the Scottish Government's Sports Minister is a big boost for the project and it is encouraging that sportscotland continue to assist Sandy Adam and those leading the plans.  I look forward to monitoring the progress over the coming weeks and in particular to seeing the final design of this centre, which will undoubtedly be a game changer for sport in Moray and will go a long way to providing a healthier and brighter future for our young people in particular."