Community land boost meeting well attended
A meeting to encourage more community land ownership on Arran attracted a healthy attendance last week, writes Hugh Boag.
Organised by Community Land Scotland and Rural Housing Scotland at the Ormidale Pavilion, Brodick, the briefing session gave out information on the advantages of community land ownership.
Around 40 people attended the briefing from various island organisations as well as interested inviduals. It follows recent reports in the Banner that the island is facing a population crisis with an urgent need to attract younger, working people to come and live here and provide them with affordable housing.
The meeting heard from the chairman of Community Land Scotland Ian Hepburn and the development manager Linsay Chalmers. Derek Logie of Rural Housing Scotland then spoke about the funding and development of community-led housing and Ailsa Raeburn, of the Scottish Land Fund explained how to fund land or building purchases.
Afterwards a wide ranging discussion on a number of aspects of community land ownership was discussed.
Following the meeting, Linsay said: ‘We were delighted with the response to the briefing session on Arran. The problems faced on Arran are shared throughout the islands of Scotland and we hope those who came along were able share some of the knowledge our organisations have.’
The Arran Community Land Initiative in Whiting Bay is the only island group which is a member of the organisation.
Community Land Scotland was established in 2010 as a response to the need for a collective voice for community landowners in Scotland. It is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
Outlining the benefits of community land ownership were, from the left, Derek Logie, Ailsa Raeburn, Linsey Chalmers and Ian Hepburn.
There was a healthy turnout at the meeting.