‘Tenants’ in talks over shut store
TALKS are under way with prospective new tenants for one of a North-east town’s biggest shops.
The Next store in Elgin’s High Street has lain empty for more than two years.
It had been earmarked to host an art exhibition of students’ work from Moray College.
The project has now been put on hold as Next is in discussions with a number of possible new tenants to take over the retail space.
Letting agents acting on behalf of Next, Culverwell Properties would not confirm who any of the interested tenants were. AN ABANDONED outdoor sports centre in Aberdeen is today bursting with life.
Little more than a year ago Sunnybank Park faced being sold off by the city council.
And although the renamed St Machar Outdoor Centre no longer boasts a usable bowling green, it has become a green haven for the community.
A hard-working group of volunteers have created a wildlife garden and allotments at the site, as well as planting fruit trees.
The outdoor centre was taken over by the group, who rent it from the city council for just £1 a year. And although the old bowling club pavilion had to be torn down after it was set alight by vandals, the group has transformed the site, which had cost £50,000 a year for the local authority to maintain.
Member of the Friends of Sunnybank Park Sinclair Laing said: “A lot has been done to it in a short space of time. It had been very much let go when we took it over and there was no way that we could raise the money it takes to maintain it every year.
“Some people may consider it is still run down, but this now offers something a bit different.