Moray MP Douglas Ross has written to over 600 residents of Hopeman after being contacted by a number from the village who were concerned by the large increase in visitor numbers this year, which caused traffic congestion in and around the village, and also resulted in a noticeable increase in littering, dog fouling and low level anti-social-behaviour.

Douglas said “As a direct result of the pandemic this year, many have decided to have their summer holidays at home, with the outcome that many of our coastal communities have as a result been overwhelmed by the large number of visitors. This has clearly been welcome as businesses have seen increased visitor numbers, but there have been knock on effects that we need to try and avoid to ensure both local people and visitors can enjoy the area.  

“After discussions with Moray Council representatives and the Local Police Commander we decided to adopt a multi-agency approach to resolving some of these community issues in Hopeman. Our ultimate aim is to be in a position to welcome those visiting and working in Hopeman, whilst allowing those resident here to enjoy their peaceful village.

“Our plan was to adopt a phased response and over the last couple of weeks local Police Officers have been speaking to people across the community gathering information about their issues, needs and suggestions for improvements.

“The working group will then consider all options and aim to come up with a robust workable solution, the proposals of which will be put to the local residents by myself and the group.

“I am really hopeful that this joined up working approach will pay dividends and I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to this work so far.”