Passing Of The Earl Of Moray
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the 20th Earl of Moray, Douglas John Moray Stuart, (Lord Moray), on the 23rd of September 2011 at the age of 83. Lord Moray, who had lead the Company for 60 years and was Director and Chairman of Moray Estates Development Company Limited, only very recently being succeeded as Chairman by his son, Lord Doune, (now Lord Moray), remained very actively involved with Moray Estates.
Lord Moray will not only be missed by family and friends but also by colleagues who certainly feel the loss of a caring, down to earth gentleman with whom they each made a strong personal connection.
Allotments At Doune
Moray Estates are delighted to have been able to make available land at Doune on a free licence for the creation of allotments for the community. The allotments will be administered by Kilmadock Community Allotments Group.
Moray Estates Newsletter - August 2011
To download the August 2011 newsletter click here.
Doune Planning & Design Workshop
On the 23rd of June 2011, a final presentation was made to provide details of the outcome of the Doune Planning & Design Workshop, which took place on the 17th to the 19th of May at Muir Hall, Doune. The workshop event in May included an opening presentation on the 17th with two further days of workshop sessions, which were open to the public.
A copy of the final presentation along with explanatory text relating to the presentation and a copy of the letter, which was sent to Stirling Council indicating Moray Estates' request to withdraw their objection to Stirling Council's Issues Report can be viewed below.
Charity Golf Challenge
Moray Estates recently had an opportunity to offer their support for Alan Mcpherson, Craig Watson & Stuart Young who are raising money for Cancer Research by playing all of Scotland's approximately 625 golf courses. Recently having played Castle Stuart Golf Links with tickets provided by Moray Estates, the 3-man team, who are trying to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research, described the course as "awesome" and the views as "simply amazing". To catch up with their current progress visit www.scottishgolfcourses-allofthem.blogspot.com but to pledge a donation, click on the link detailed below.
A Fond Farewell To Pat MacArthur
Last week saw the retirement of another Moray Estates' stalwart in the shape of Pat MacArthur, The Estates' Secretary. Pat started working for the company as Duncan McConnell's secretary in October 1998 and, since Duncan's retirement in 2009, Pat has continued to provide secretarial support for her office co-workers.
We should like to take the opportunity to thank Pat for all her hard work over the past twelve and a half years and to wish her all the very best in her much deserved retirement.
Development Agreement Signed For Inverness Airport Business Park Limited
The Estate is delighted that Inverness Airport Business Park Limited, (IABP), a joint venture between the Estate, Highlands & Islands Airports Limited, (HIAL), Highlands & Islands Enterprise, (HIE), has signed a Development Agreement with Roxhill Developments Limited to develop the first phase of IABP. The first phase runs to c400,000 sq ft and is expected to be built out over the next 7 years. IABP looks set to become one of the most important employment centres in the Highlands and the Estate is delighted to be part of it.
The latest Siberian Husky Club race event, which took place over the weekend of the 25th to 27th of February in Darnaway Forest, once again proved a huge success. This was the first event in this location where the teams used rigs instead of snow sleds and the forest did not disappoint. One entrant commented "Darnaway has better trails than those used in the European Dryland Championships". Gareth Whymant, Moray Estates' Woodlands Manager, who, along with the Forestry and Gardens' staff, assisted with the setting out of the trails, expressed his delight at the success of the event and pledged support for future events. More information on the next events involving the Siberian Husky Club can be found by clicking on the link below.
(Photograph courtesy of Norman MacKenzie)
Barclays Scottish Open Comes To Castle Stuart
In January 2011 it was announced that Castle Stuart Golf Links was the chosen venue for the Barclays Scottish Open for the next 3 years. The Scottish Open, which first took place in 1972, is considered to have the largest prize fund in a European Tour Event, the fund starting at £3 million in 2011 with a first prize of £500,000.
This year's event at Castle Stuart Golf Links, the seventh Scottish course to host the event, has already received commitments to play from Padraig Harrington, Edoardo Molinari, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, the 2008 champion.
The event will take place from July 7th to July 10th and tickets can be obtained via the website, www.barclaysscottishopen.co.uk or through the ticket hotline 0800 023 2557.
Craig McNaught joined the Company as Building Works Technician. Craig, who lives on the Estate at Darnaway, will be assisting within the Estates' Department in the management of the Company's properties in the north.
February 2011 Newsletter
The Scottish Open, new recruits, Killin mountain rescue team, husky races and the rising cost of food.
Moray Estates Newsletter - September 2010
Moray Estates Newsletter - September 2009
Torngrain Recognised By The Scottish Government Through The Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative
Following an announcement on 19 May by the Deputy First Minister, the proposed new settlement of Tornagrain has been recognised as an exemplar by the Scottish Government.
Eleven projects throughout Scotland have been awarded recognition that they are working towards 'Creating a Scottish Sustainable Community'.
The Scottish Government believe that these eleven projects have the potential to raise the profile of Scotland as a country where attitudes, skills and ambition come together to deliver developments which will stand the test of time, have lasting positive benefits for people and the environment. The Scottish Government recognition of these projects through the SSCI relates to an interest in supporting the vision of Moray Estates Development Company to create exemplar sustainable communities.
Good Luck To Duncan
April has seen a huge change for the Company as Duncan McConnell, the Estates' Manager for Moray Estates Development Company Limited retired on the 31st of March 2009 after more than 40 years of service.
Duncan joined Medco in 1968 as an Estates' Assistant. The knowledge he acquired and retained during this extraordinarily long term of employment was astounding. His commitment to both the Moray family and the Company has been outstanding and the office will not be the same without him.
Duncan notes some reminiscences in the February newsletter of his times with the Company.
Moray Estates Newsletter - February 2009
...including articles relating to Duncan McConnell's retirement from Medco
after 40 years. Click here to download - 2 MB PDF.
Moray Estates Newsletter - August 2008
Articles on the credit crunch, farming, Dutch elm disease, salmon fishing, forestry. Click here to download.
Stage 2 Exhibition
Our second exhibition dealt with the evolving masterplan, ongoing technical analysis for the Environmental Impact Assessment and the role of the design code, download the brochures of the boards here - (1MB pdf).
Moray Estates Newsletter - February 2008
Download our February 2008 newsletter here.
Tornagrain Public Exhibition
The Estate will, on the 7th and 8th of November, be holding the first of three public Exhibitions in Petty Church Hall, Tornagrain, to allow members of local communities to come and view the output from the first stage of the preparation of a planning application for the Estate's proposed new town at Tornagrain. The planning application for Tornagrain, which is expected to be submitted in Summer 2008, will be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment, which will look at the effect that the proposal will have on the site and how any impact will be mitigated. The Estate's consultants have examined the current conditions of the site across a number of fields, such as ecology, landscape, socio-economic and transport and will be displaying their initial findings at the Exhibition. The consultants will also be present at the Exhibition and happy to discuss any issues with members of local communities and answer questions. The Exhibition will also be available to take away, as a brochure, so that its contents can be digested at leisure and comments later forwarded to the Estate.
The Exhibition will be open from 12 noon until 9 pm on the 7th of November and from 10 am until 9 pm on the 8th of November. Petty Church Hall can be found at Petty Church on the A96 opposite the existing hamlet of Tornagrain.
More information can be found on www.tornagrain-newtown.co.uk
European Touch Championships
A first for the Company this year was having a member of staff representing Scotland at International Touch Rugby. Larry Irwin, Estates Assistant and sponsored by Moray Estates, was selected to represent Scotland in the Men's Open team this summer at the European Touch Championships held in Edinburgh. The Scotland teams were very successful, with the Women's Open reaching the final but lost against England. The Men's Open reached the semi final stages before being defeated by England also.
Opening Of Inverness Airport Way
Moray Estates Company Director Lord Doune, who is also Chairman of Inverness Airport Business Park Ltd, recently attended the opening of the new Inverness Airport Way which will serve Inverness Airport and the proposed Business Park adjacent to the Airport.
Everyone concerned with the project was delighted the road could be opened by Transport Minister Tavish Scott and pupils from nearby Ardersier Primarty School. The Business Park, when complete, is expected to create up to 5,000 jobs.
Golf Resort Approval
The Highland Council's Planning Development Europe and Tourism Committee approved the Estate's and Cornerstone golf Development International's application to create a golf resort near Castle Stuart.
The development led by Mark Parsinen of Cornerstone Golf Developments International will consist of 2 golf courses (one championship), a hotel and spa and approximately 150 timeshare units. Work on this exciting project that could create up to 400 jobs is expected to start shortly.