Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Councillors have backed calls for a By-law for Findhorn Bay to better control wildfowling activity and help achieve a better balance that supports the wide variety of users of the Findhorn Bay Local Nature Reserve.

The issue of a by-law has come up as a result of conflict between wildfowling activity and other users of the nature reserve who wish to say the activity curtailed.

At Tuesday’s meeting of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee councillors backed a proposal for the nature reserve’s management committee to work with stakeholders to reach an agreed way forward and come back to the Council with a by-law proposal that the Council could then promote.

Speaking after the committee meeting Forres SNP Councillor Aaron McLean, whose ward includes Findhorn Bay, said:

“It was thought that negotiations between the two sides had reached an agreement but unfortunately that then came apart. However, it has become apparent in recent days that there is a willingness for people to get back round the table and work things through.

“As a local councillor I have made it clear that I am willing to be involved in discussions and to help in any way I can to get a solution that is acceptable to as many users of the nature reserve as possible.

“I am very clear that the current situation cannot continue and I hope that we can pick up again from where negotiations were left and get a clear and workable voluntary agreement that could then be converted to a formal by-law.

“Given the timescales involved in getting a by-law it is really important that we can get a self-policing arrangement in place to get the quickest possible improvement in the situation and reduce the tension between users of the nature reserve.”