The Highland Council has launched a Common Good consultation giving the Grantown on Spey community until 1 December 2023 to respond to a proposal to change the use of the Grantown market square.
The proposed change would allow for the introduction of mandatory charging for pitches, stalls, and events.
The market square has been assessed as a Common Good asset of Grantown on Spey having been gifted to the former Burgh in 1966.
Historically, the Council has supported events in the market square by allowing them to take place free of charge.
However, following the publication of the Common Good asset register in 2022 assets have been considered for potential income generation.
The recommendation to commence a consultation in respect of this proposal was made at a meeting of Badenoch & Strathspey Area Committee in February 2023.
In the meantime, a voluntary 12-month pilot ‘Invitation to Pay’ scheme was introduced.
This scheme has been well received and supported.
Full details of the proposal are contained in the consultation document referred to below.
The Council is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal and all submissions will be given full regard before a decision on whether to proceed is made.
Other information can be found on page titled Common Good asset changes on the Council website.
Please submit written responses either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Sara Murdoch, The Highland Council HQ, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.
Consultation representations, responses and any final decision will be published on the Council website.