Moray Council has been accused of “breaking its guarantees” after volunteers behind the port shelter at Burghead needed to fork out a whole bunch of kilos in retroactive lease.
The community-run shelter that serves as a memorial to all these misplaced at sea is taken into account a “group asset” to coach individuals of all ages about fishing.
Burghead Metropolis Council donated the land to the local people within the 1900s earlier than it was taken over by the previous Grampian Regional Council which demolished the unique shelter in addition to the close by bathroom block.
Then in 2007 the group got here collectively to lift £ 20,000 by fundraising occasions and £ 10,000 from the Nationwide Lottery fund to rebuild the shelter.
Fury in opposition to “ damaged guarantees ”
Final evening John Mains, who was on the rebuilding committee, slammed native authorities for charging £ 450 to the Burghead and Cummingston group council after officers had promised the land would not be topic to prices.
Mr Mains mentioned: “We have been preventing with the council to get a constructing allow within the first place to have the shelter rebuilt.
“On the final assembly we had, officers mentioned there have been no additional prices.
“They name it land lease, however it’s a memorial to the individuals who have been misplaced at sea and there are plaques to show it.
“The fact is that the council by no means needed the shelter to be rebuilt.
“The disturbing factor is that the shelter is a good asset to the Burghead group and folks can use it anytime.
“Guests use it as a vacationer data heart and colleges come there to be taught.”
He added: “It is proper subsequent to the Shetland Bus Memorial they usually do not pay something.
“There is no such thing as a different memorial within the nation from which individuals took the cash.
Douglas Ross, Member of Parliament for Moray, added: “I perceive that the volunteers have been suggested that they are going to be freed from cost for the shelter which is on land which was initially donated to the local people by the previous Burghead Metropolis Council.
“Hopefully the board can shed some gentle on this and take into account dropping these prices for the group.”
Council says backdated lease is ‘settled’
A spokesperson for the Moray Council mentioned: “An bill was despatched in 2019 for backdated lease and has been paid.
“As of March 2020 the annual rental price of £ 175 has been charged and has been paid in full, leaving no excellent balances.”