Please find enclosed the buyout group's first newsletter update, which has been posted through the letterboxes in the village.
Wanlockhead Community Buyout
Saturday 6th February, 2pm – Wanlockhead Inn
On the 16th of January a successful Public Meeting was held at the Community Centre, introducing the idea of our community registering our interest in a community buyout of Land around Wanlockhead presently owned by Buccleuch Estates.
Over 40 people attended one of the largest village meetings held in Wanlockhead in recent years. During this meeting key speakers including Lorne McLeod (Community Land Scotland), Claudia Beamish MSP, Stuart Hartil (Scottish Government's Right to Buy Office) and Catherine Francis (Scottish Land Fund) explained the community buyout process including, sources of support and funding; benefits of registering an expression of interest; and the journey from initial interest to full ownership.
Local speakers presented some "blue-sky" thinking to promote discussion in the community on what they would like to happen on community owned land.
So far over 30 forms of support have been signed by local residents meaning we have over the 10% community support required, at this stage, to proceed with registering an interest in purchasing local land from the present land owner.
According to community right-to-buy legislation our next step is to form a Community body which will be used to register an interest in the land at present owned by Buccleuch Estates.
We are looking for members of the community who are interested in taking the project forward.
We invite you to get involved and attend our first open meeting on the 6th February. We will elect a steering group and start the process of forming the Community body which has the remit of registering an interest in a community buyout initiative according to current legislation.
It is important that everybody keeps informed with an opportunity to become involved. So this newsletter is a beginning.