Kilmaronock Church Hall shares in Scottish Land Fund cash
Kilmaronock Old Kirk, which closed its doors in 2017, is to have a new future as a community venue following a grant of £57,110 from the Scottish Land Fund.
With the money, Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust will buy the church, which is located between Gartocharn and Croftamie in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It will be a heritage centre and a venue for local get-togethers, performances and cultural events. Meanwhile the adjacent field, The Glebe, will be turned into a space for woodland burials in the longer term.
Willie Roxburgh, Chairperson, Kilmaronock Old Kirk Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this award. It will allow our community to buy the redundant church, carpark and glebe field from the Church of Scotland General Trustees. Providing other funding applications are successful, we can then carry out the refurbishment and fulfil our community vision to find a new sustainable use for an historic building that has been part of our community for the last 200 years.”
Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said of today’s grants: “Last week, we published statistics showing that our policy of supporting community ownership is paying off. In 2018, 37 assets came into community ownership, taking the total amount of land owned and controlled by local people to over 200,000 hectares.
Now, as we approach the end of 2019 - and just in time for Christmas – I am pleased that a further ten communities across Scotland have been given the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions. It is a reward for their hard work and commitment and I wish them the very best for the next step of their journey.”
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair said: "Through these grants we have been able to support groups in both inner city areas and in some of the remotest parts of Scotland, helping local people to come together to undertake a range of activities designed to create stronger communities."
Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets at HIE, said: “Today’s successful projects are all great examples of people taking control of local resources for the long-term benefit of their communities. Ownership will give these communities greater control over important assets and will help ensure its long-term future. We wish all the successful groups the very best in their new ventures.”
Other projects receiving Scottish Land Fund cash today are:
Garnethill Multicultural Centre
Award - £329,576
This grant will allow Garnethill Multicultural Centre to own the building in the centre of Glasgow which it has occupied since1988 and to carry out repairs that will allow it to continue providing social, welfare and educational support to the local community.
Newcastleton & District Community Trust
Award - £46,000
This group will take ownership of a wide range of leisure facilities surrounding the village, buying 100 acres of land that includes an 18-hole golf course, a bowling green and a large playing field.
Whitekirk Community Company
Award - £39,500
By using its grant to buy the local village hall, Whitekirk Community Company will be able to secure the future of a facility that they have been managing and maintaining for the last five years.
Ettrick & Yarrow Community Development Company
Award - £285,000
By developing a disused steading this group will provide five affordable homes for rent to tackle a lack of housing in the local area. The plans also include office space and workshops for businesses.
Arisaig Community Trust
Awards £234,400 & £23,750
This group has received grants for two projects. It will use £234,000 to buy land on which to build six affordable homes and provide four discounted self-build plots as well as providing an area for business units and a community woodland. And its second grant of £23,750 will allow the Trust to buy 2.38 acres of land, split between the shorefront and the village playground, with plans to create seating areas, car parking and interpretation boards for visitors, as well as reinforcing the sea wall and providing space for an orchard and allotments.
Comann Eachdraidh Eirsgeidh (Eriskay Historical Society)
Award - £48,234
Buying a disused school and adjacent buildings will allow Eriskay Historical Society to create a heritage exhibition space, offices, a tearoom and to renovate the former school house as a home for rent.
Millport Town Hall SCIO
This group will buy and refurbish the island’s town hall to provide space for community activities and to offer office space for rental income.
Active Communities (Scotland) Ltd
Award - £199,000
This group will purchase the former police station situated in the town centre of Johnstone, Renfrewshire to help consolidate their services and activities into a central space.
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