Pres­tige prop­erty

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Fairnie

Ban­nock­burn House is now in the hands of the public for the first time in its his­tory.

The Trust re­spon­si­ble for the com­mu­nity buy­out of the his­toric grade-A listed build­ing com­pleted the pur­chase yes­ter­day (Tues­day) – and they marked the day with a spe­cial rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony.

Trust mem­bers, vol­un­teers and young­sters from the nearby St Mary’s Pri­mary made their way to the 17th cen­tury man­sion for the land­mark event.

And chair­man of the trust Alan Mar­shall said: “What a fan­tas­tic day for our com­mu­nity. Ban­nock­burn House has been in pri­vate hands for more than 300-years. Whilst we are grate­ful to all pre­vi­ous own­ers for look­ing after the prop­erty, we felt it should be a com­mu­nity as­set that can be en­joyed by ev­ery­one. And now it will be.

“It was pointed out to us just last week that this was the sin­gle big­gest com­mu­nity pro­ject ever un­der­taken for a prop­erty of this kind any­where in the UK. To be hon­est, at times it felt like it, but thanks to the sup­port and en­thu­si­asm of all of our com­mu­nity vol­un­teers, and with help from the Scot­tish Land Fund and Stir­ling Coun­cil, we’ve done it.

“Now we will em­bark on the next chap­ter of the story, which will be to raise the funds and iden­tify the suit­able ex­per­tise to be­gin to re­store the prop­erty to its for­mer glory and en­sure it be­comes sus­tain­able for the whole com­mu­nity.

“This in it­self will be a huge pro­ject that will no doubt take

De­lightTrust mem­bers were joined by pupils from St Mary’s Pri­mary School for the rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.