PUBLIC OPINION . . . Michael Tough is urging locals to sign his petition
Chefs in Scotland (CIS), a specialist recruitment agency based in the town, are keen to transform the run-down Mercury Motor Inn on Station Road into a state-of-the-art business and training centre.
Architect’s impressions have been drawn up of the new look site, which would see a two-floor building with vast office space, conference space and training areas erected in place of the eyesore inn, which has been empty since 1999.
However, the owners of the dilapidated former hotel are proving difficult to contact.
CIS are hoping a compulsory purchase order will be placed on the site but are also willing to look at other sites as a last resort.
The CIS team are now urging locals to support the training centre vision by signing a petition.
The petition reads: “Chefs In Scotland has been working on developing Moffat Business and Training Centre for over seven months.
“We feel that to take the project forward, we need the approval of the people of Moffat. Our business plan is available to view at Moffat Online and we are happy to talk you through it at our offices in Moffat.”
It adds: “Ideally, the centre will be located at the site of the Mercury, but we may consider other locations. If you would like to support this project, please can you sign below.”
Speaking about the petition, CIS managing director Michael Tough added: “We hope to gauge community interest and achieve their support for pushing this project forward.”
The petition is available to sign at Grieves Newsagents as well as Crazy Daisy Crafts and Wallace’s Butchers, both located on Well Street.