Trust clinch deal for Ban­nock­burn House

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years to com­plete, how­ever, the com­mu­nity has achieved so much so far, that I have no doubt we’ll see this through no mat­ter how long it takes.”

The trust had ear­lier raised more than £640,000 through the Scot­tish Land Fund to put to­wards the buy­out be­fore the lo­cal au­thor­ity stepped in and helped com­plete the deal.

Ban­nock­burn coun­cil­lors Alas­dair MacPher­son and Mar­garet Bris­ley re­leased a joint state­ment re­act­ing to the com­ple­tion of the deal.

It read: “The hard work of the vol­un­teers, cou­pled with the in­ter­est shown by the lo­cal com­mu­nity, has been truly re­mark­able. The re­de­vel­op­ment of the house and the grounds will de­liver a trail­blaz­ing so­cial en­ter­prise which will de­liver train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs for lo­cal peo­ple.

“This is rad­i­cal land re­form at its very best and we are very proud to have been part of the jour­ney to de­liver that.”

In the last year al­most 4000 vis­i­tors have passed through the doors of the prop­erty, which was once vis­ited by Bon­nie Prince Char­lie, in a se­ries of open days and other events.

Plans for the house in­clude the cre­ation of a new car park, camp­ing pods, a cafe and chil­dren’s play area.

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