Com­mu­ni­ties do­ing it for them­selves

Campbeltown Courier - - ARGYLL ENTERPRISE WEEK -

There are 66 com­mu­ni­ty­owned as­sets in Ar­gyll and Bute which have ben­e­fited from more than £6mil­lion of pub­lic sec­tor in­vest­ment. How other com­mu­ni­ties can be­come more re­silient by cre­at­ing in­come streams and mak­ing the most of lo­cally-owned as­sets is the theme of one of the free events at Ar­gyll En­ter­prise Week. The day aims to help in­di­vid­u­als and groups make real and sus­tain­able im­prove­ments within their com­mu­ni­ties. Com­mu­nity as­set pur­chase is the start of a long jour­ney, often to re­verse many years of de­cline. When com­mu­ni­ties pur­chase the land on which their peo­ple live and work, it pro­vides the po­ten­tial to rein­vig­o­rate ar­eas, de­velop eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and im­prove the prospects of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Ian Hep­burn, chair­man of Com­mu­nity Land Scot­land, which rep­re­sents Scot­land’s new gen­er­a­tion of com­mu­nity land own­ers, will lead ses­sions in Ar­rochar’s Three Vil­lages Hall, on Novem­ber 10, aimed at com­mu­ni­ties in­ter­ested in buy­ing as­sets and de­vel­op­ing projects. Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s as­set trans­fer team will also be on hand to high­light the sup­port it can pro­vide to com­mu­ni­ties. The day will in­clude case stud­ies, as well as net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and work­shops.

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