Exhibitions held for proposed tourist hub

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Plans for a multi-million pound tourist and visitor attraction outside Drumoak, created by the family-run Brodie Countryfare, near Forres, will be showcased next week.

The investment would see the area known as Upper Park, located around 1km west of Drumoak, be developed into a tourist centre with restaurant, food hall and landscaped gardens.

As part of the ongoing consultation process, Brodie Countryfare will be showcasing its plans at a series of public exhibitions. These will give local people an opportunity to view the proposals, ask questions directly to the project team and, importantly, feed back their views through public opinion surveys.

Anna Taylor, managing director of Brodie Countryfare, said: “The exhibitions aim to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to view the proposals and importantly feed their thoughts into the ongoing consultation process.

I believe that it is only with the feedback from local residents, the business community and community groups that our plans for Drumoak can be successful.

“The ethos of Brodie as a family business is on quality and value, ultimately aiming to create a designated tourist experience that our customers wish to return to.

In order for the concept of Brodie to prosper at Drumoak, it is essential that as a business we support, not compete, with the wider businesses and tourist attractions in the area and importantly integrate ourselves into the existing offerings that Deeside provides.

“The public exhibitions will showcase the proposed plans as a tourist hub, detail the ways that Brodie aims to work with local suppliers and businesses in the area and provide information on investment and job opportunities.

“I look forward to meeting and discussing the proposals with local residents, the local community and business groups at the forthcoming exhibitions, and importantly gain their views and feedback on the proposed plans.”

The public exhibitions will be held as follows: Friday, February 3, noon-3pm, Banchory Town Hall and 4pm-7pm, Drumoak Church Hall; Saturday, February 4, noon-2pm,

The Royal Hotel, Stonehaven and 3.30pm-5.30pm, Milltimber Community Hall.