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Rent-free extension for aviation group

Press release   •   Aug 30, 2015 10:00 BST

An aviation heritage group could be granted rent-free use of a former Moray school for the next three years.

Morayvia have already applied for a community asset transfer of the Abbeylands Primary at Kinloss and are currently occupying the site while they prepare a full business case.

However, a report to Moray Council’s policy and resources committee says that the group will need more time to develop their operation and enable them to prepare a robust business case.

The committee will be asked to extend the rent-free period for a further three years.

“In the short time that Morayvia have taken occupation of the site they have improved the facility and grounds,” states the report. “Therefore it is recommended to provide support to Morayvia by extending the rent-free lease to November 30, 2018.

“Allowing Morayvia to develop their proposals for a three-year period will enable a much more robust business case to be developed.”

Morayvia was formed initially to save and conserve a Nimrod aircraft which formed part of the search-and-rescue fleet stationed at RAF Kinloss but has since acquired several other aviation exhibits.

The group’s aim is to establish an aerospace visitor centre in Moray which could become a key tourist attraction.

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

Headquartered in  Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.

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