In late 2013 the Lossiemouth Community Council initiated plans for all interested organisations, groups and businesses in the town to form a single body to represent and promote plans for residents and tourism.
Representatives from over 40 groups and associations gathered at two community meetings to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the town, with ideas on forming a joint community approach towards improving facilities for the benefit of everyone in the community.
Several major points came to the fore, most notably the lack of real facilities to attract tourists to Lossiemouth and give them reason to remain longer when they do arrive.
A major decision from these meetings was that a Lossiemouth Community Development Trust (LCDT) should be formed, with representation from groups and associations as well as from local businesses, Seafest, and the Community Council.
As a result the Community Council undertook the task of facilitating the new Trust.
During the summer of 2014 representatives from the Lossiemouth Community Council visited the Comrie Community Development Trust in Perthshire. Much was learned from that visit with the councillors having noted the successful transition of that Trust from a basic idea in 2009 that resulted in a Trust with a turnover in excess of £2m.
Lossiemouth Community Development Trust adopted its Memorandum and Articles and became a registered company on the 25th November 2014. The Trust is a member of the Development Trust Association Scotland and has attained charitable status.
The Trust identified a list of actions from the two community meetings in 2013, and in March 2015 held a coffee morning and open event, as well as providing an online survey, to ask the community to help prioritise these actions and inform this Action Plan. Paper surveys were also available in local shops as well as being distributed to all pupils at the High School. Funding was then sought to print and distribute the Plan to every household in Lossiemouth.
The objects of the Trust are:
1. To consult with, inform and represent the interests of, the whole community throughout the lifetime
of the Trust;
2. To investigate the opportunity and viability of various community-led initiatives;
3. To report back to the wider community as appropriate;
4. To establish whether or not the community wishes to pursue the proposed initiatives, and
5. To form a community company, if appropriate, to progress and implement the initiatives.
6. To liaise with agencies, statutory bodies and landowners or their representatives as appropriate.
7. To secure funding from appropriate bodies to enable the appointment of various professionals and consultants to assist the work of