Our New Community Asset

Achiltibuie Schoolhouse After years of filling in forms, digging up holes, looking down drains and generally chipping away, we finally took ownership of Achiltibuie Schoolhouse 0n Friday 16th October.

The house has been vacant for a few years now and has suffered from lack of maintenance but it is basically sound.  And placed as it is – next to the school and the community hall it will make a big difference to that little corner if the schoolhouse is restored to former glory.

The next step is to to lease the house to Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) who will take over the refurbishment and convert the house into two smart, modern and comfortable flats: a two-bedroom upstairs, and a one-bedroom downstairs. HSCHT, who has all the relevant experience and expertise, will manage the tenancies and the property and we hope to see two new households in Coigach within the year.

Funding has been secured from the Nationwide Shelter Empty Homes Initiative which will go some way towards the refurbishment but not all, so we are pursuing other avenues, and Scottish Land Fund are helping with the legal costs. Although the purchase price was only £1, there are of course many other expenses! Read more

Another step in the Right to Buy direction!

Scottish Government Ministers have given their consent for CCDC to proceed with our Right To Buy the old Hydroponicum site for the benefit of the community. 

The Ministers considered our application carefully and made their decision in view of

  • the strength of the community ballot (97% in favour)
  • that the CCDC meets the requirements of the Land Reform Act  (Scotland) Community Right to Buy
  • that the proposals for this site are appropriate 

This is encouraging news and means we are now a little closer to our goal of acquiring land for workshop units and housing and the benefits they will bring to the people of Coigach.

We have already received some very generous donations towards the proposed purchase but we still need to raise funds.

Further donations will of course be very welcome and we are planning some fun events that will give everyone the opportunity to contribute their time, money… and soup!

If you would like to make a donation to the CCDC towards the purchase of the Hydroponicum and/or would like to know more about it and other community projects then please contact us – or drop by the hall on a Wednesday morning.    Julia Campbell and Peter Muir    Local Development Officers coigachldo@hotmail.co.uk

Tuesday 29th August 2011

By Julia Campbell