Com­mu­nity land boost meet­ing well at­tended

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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.

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Out­lin­ing the ben­e­fits of com­mu­nity land own­er­ship were, from the left, Derek Lo­gie, Ailsa Rae­burn, Lin­sey Chalmers and Ian Hep­burn.

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There was a healthy turnout at the meet­ing.

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