Stirlingshire pub passes into community hands with Scottish Land Fund cash
A small village in the Trossachs is to become the first community in Scotland to own both its own shop and pub.
The inhabitants of Gartmore, who have successfully run a community-owned shop for 21 years, have been awarded a grant of £217,500 by the Scottish Land Fund to do the same with the local hotel.
The Black Bull hotel will be converted into a Hub and Pub for the benefit of the village.
Peter Sunderland of Blackbull Gartmore Hub and Pub, said: “This is great news. The Black Bull is at the heart of village life and essential to the wellbeing of the village. We will make changes and create a hub that meets the needs of the whole village.
“Twenty one years ago we took on the shop and that has been a challenge and maybe this will be a bigger one but,there is no doubt the village would be a sad place if the pub was to close.”
Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham said of today’s grants: “This substantial set of Scottish Land Fund grants will enable eight diverse projects across the country to buy up key assets for the benefit of local people and put the ownership and responsibility of key services and facilities right at the heart of the community.
“The Scottish Land Fund supports a wide range of community ownership projects. Behind each one lies a story, as well as a great deal of hard work and commitment from local residents to unlock the opportunity that this funding brings. I congratulate each of the successful applicants and wish them good luck on the next chapter of their journey.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair said: “The variety of projects, from shops and pubs, to rural woodland and open space within industrial communities, show how wide-ranging the benefits of the Scottish Land Fund can be. Groups across the country are using the money to make a long-lasting impact on their local areas.”
Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: “The Scottish Land Fund is designed to support a diverse range of community and land initiatives reflecting the real issues at the heart of local communities. Today’s successful projects are all great examples of people taking control of local resources for the long-term benefit of their communities. We wish them all the very best in their new ventures.”
Other projects receiving Scottish Land Fund cash today are:
Applecross Community Company
Award - £11,900
This group will purchase part of the garden of Applecross Surgery from NHS Highland and develop three two-bedroom properties for affordable housing aimed to support older people in the community.
Viewpark Conservation Group
Award - £435,800
This group will purchase the historic Douglas Support Estate at Viewpark in North Lanarkshire in order to secure its future as a green space for the local community
Blackhall Community Trust Steering Group
Award - £33,750
Blackhall Community Trust, Edinburgh aim to purchase a former sports pavilion, currently used as a nursery, from Edinburgh City Council in order to provide community facilities alongside the nursery. Planned improvements include a community meeting space, sports changing facilities and activities for older people.
Tobermory Harbour Association
Tobermory Harbour Association will purchase the the Solum of Ledaig Carpark and Boatpark within Tobermory as part of long tern environmental and economic plans for the community.
Mull and Iona Community Trust - Ardura
Award - £518,420
Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) will purchase the 200ha Ardura Forest site, selling off mature conifer timber and replanting with broadleaf trees both for commercial timber and as an amenity woodland with car parking, paths, woodland trails and a forest school.
Community Carrot Dunbar
Award - £119,200
This group will purchase a successful greengrocer’s, which has built a business on sourcing ethical foods, cleaning supplies and beauty products, in order to strengthen its connections with local producers and increase its involvement with community groups. The shop will also be used as a hub for activities.
Award - £270,000
Deveron Projects Ltd (DP) will purchase an empty retail building in the main square of Huntly, Aberdeenshire in order to provide more space for its community activities.
The Black Bull at Gartmore
Award - £217,500
Black Bull Gartmore Hub and Pub Ltd will acquire the Black Bull Hotel premises and run it as a community owned and managed hub, café, pub, restaurant and accommodation facility, protecting this last remaining informal social space in the village from closure.
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