Community Update 25 March 2017 - A Year On: Wanlockhead Community Buyout

Please find enclosed a copy of the Wanlockhead buyout newsletter which has been put through the letterboxes in the village this week.


MARCH 2017


In January last year, a year ago, there was a public meeting in the Community Centre to explore the idea of a potential community buyout of land in and around Wanlockhead

A year on we have seen much progress thanks to the support of the majority of the village and the hard work of the members of the community who volunteered to work finding out how this project could benefit the village.

All this hard work is starting to pay off: the Scottish Government's Land Fund has awarded Wanlockhead Community Trust with the necessary funding to take forward a Feasibility Study which would tell the village how a community owned Wanlockhead could look like and how would it benefit us.

As a consequence of the publicity generated by the buyout, Buccleuch has finally decided to pay some attention to the village. We recently learnt that, after 20 years of knocking on their door, the Railway has been given a lease to expand the line near Wanlockhead. We've also seen Buccleuch starting to take some responsibility for their legacy of pollution in the village, by fencing the contaminated Queensberry tailing ponds and clean-up some of the asbestos that mining activities left in the village in the late 1960. It's a start!

A few weeks ago at the monthly Village Council meeting we also learnt that Buccleuch is now willing to sell land to the Wanlockhead Museum Trust. There are other village organisations and individuals that have approached Buccleuch, unsuccessfully, in the past.

We hope that Buccleuch's new found love for Wanlockhead will give everybody interested a chance to acquire land in the village under reasonable conditions. If there is anything that Wanlockhead Community Trust can do to support your projects or help you negotiating with Buccleuch, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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You can attend one of our Sunday evening meetings; we meet every third Sunday night of the month at 7:30 PM at the Community Centre. You can also get in touch with one of the steering group members if you would like to have a one to one chat about the proposal