‘Ten­ants’ in talks over shut store

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - WHAT'S ON - By Neil Evans

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.

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