A statement from the Trustees:

“The Trustees of Leanchoil have had to put the future plans for Leanchoil on hold. This is because  Erskine, the major anchor tenant, has had to stop work on all future projects until the way forward can be seen through Covid-19. Erskine hope to be able to renew their firm interest in Leanchoil sometime in the future.

“The Leanchoil Trust has been giving further consideration to other options for the use of other parts of the site including local health and well-being services and accommodation in accordance with the wishes of the local community. The Trust will continue these efforts within the limitations of the Covid-19 situation.

“The Trust has had extremely positive discussions with NHS Grampian despite their current priorities.

“However, the implications of Erskine’s position and of Covid-19 generally mean that the Community Asset Transfer process will have to be put on hold.

“The Leanchoil Trust is obviously disappointed by Erskine’s situation which has been forced upon them by the Covid-19 virus situation and wishes them well at this difficult time.

“The Trustees wish to thank everyone in the community for the tremendous support and enthusiasm that has been given to the project so far.

“The Trustees will keep everyone informed  of future progress”