Jamie disappointed as Culture Secretary fails to visit threatened Moray museum

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has expressed disappointment after the Scottish Government’s Culture Secretary failed to visit the threatened Falconer Museum during her visit to Moray today (Monday 11th November).

Mr Halcro Johnston wrote to SNP MSP Fiona Hylsop a week ago urging her to meet staff and supporters of the Forres museum, after earlier challenging her over the Falconer’s fate during a heated ministerial questions in the Scottish Parliament.

The Scottish Conservative MSP said: “The Falconer is the “Jewel in the Crown” of Forres’s High Street and its closure is being felt very deeply by the local community.

“I find it extremely disappointing that, when she’s in Moray already and just a few miles down the road, the Culture Secretary can’t find time for even the briefest of visits to the Falconer to hear the concerns of those desperate to save it.

“The uncertain future of the Falconer is a direct result of the unfair treatment Moray Council has received at the hands of the SNP Government, but it’s pretty obvious that the Cabinet Secretary is unwilling to come face-to-face with the consequences of her own Government’s actions.”

Local Forres councillor Claire Feaver added: “We would have loved to have shown the Culture Secretary the treasures of the Falconer which now stand to be locked permanently behind closed doors.

“It’s such a shame that Ms Hyslop has decided that it is not a priority during her visit to Moray.”