Field is leased for £1 a year

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE Bale­mar­tine school­house play­ing field on the Isle of Tiree will be leased to the Bale­mar­tine Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion for 21 years at a pep­per­corn rent of £1 per an­num, fol­low­ing a full coun­cil meet­ing at Ar­gyll and Bute’s head­quar­ters at Kil­mory last Thurs­day.

The as­so­ci­a­tion plans to es­tab­lish a ‘us­able green space and com­mu­nity gar­den’ on the dis­used coun­cil- owned land, val­ued at £27,000, for ‘lo­cal peo­ple to have ac­cess to play and learn’.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers, who rec­om­mended the lease, said: ‘ The do-noth­ing op­tion would see the play­ing field un­used, with the coun­cil po­ten­tially oc­cur­ring an­nual main­te­nance costs.

‘An opportunity would be missed to turn the dis­used play­ing field into an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing com­mu­nity gar­den that could be ac­cessed by lo­cals.

‘A break clause would al­low the coun­cil to break from the lease agree­ment should any­thing ma­te­rial change for ei­ther party or a more strate­gic use for this piece of land be con­sid­ered by the coun­cil at a fu­ture date.’

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