Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
At yesterday’s (15/12) meeting of the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee of Moray Council, members narrowly voted to oppose funding Elgin Museum’s attempt to become sustainable over the next three years.
The Museum’s bid for £44,500 over three years would have enabled the unique and highly respected four star attraction to increase visitor numbers, as well as cementing its place as a destination and information point.
“This is not just a loss for all those who put so much hard work into drafting the bid, but also for the wider area and community,” stated James MacKessack-Leitch, Moray Greens Convenor. “Councillors had the opportunity to make a modest investment to enhance our shared heritage and boost local tourism, but instead focussed on the potential negatives despite an overwhelmingly positive report.”
“Unfortunately it seems Elgin Museum has become the latest victim of what’s quickly become the Administrations trademark blinkered and penny-pinching attitude – and once again by a single vote.”
“The thought that somehow our shared history is only worthy of support if it can turn a profit is bad enough, but for Councillors to not even offer a chance at becoming self-sustaining is completely short-sighted and serves no one’s interests – instead we should be supporting and celebrating our heritage and encouraging visitors to come to Moray and do the same.”