The following piece about the proposed Wanlockhead buyout was the most read article on BBC Scotland today.
Between September 14-18, the Wanlockhead Community Trust is organising a trip to the Isle of Harris to visit the North Harris Trust and learn more about their successful efforts with a community buyout. All villagers are invited on this subsidised trip.
"Discussions begin with Buccleuch on potential community buyout": Please find enclosed a copy of the Wanlockhead buyout newsletter which has been put through the letterboxes in the village this week.
The Wanlockhead community land buyout proposal was a consequence of a long standing view in the village that there needed to be a more proactive approach to management of Wanlockhead’s assets to improve villagers’ quality of life and promote a more sustainable community.
On Saturday 9th July 2016, nine Wanlockhead residents travelled to community-owned Mull of Galloway to see first-hand how the buyout had changed the area since the community took over the land in 2013.
Numerous Suggestions Made in Community Consultation Meetings How to Make our Community a Better Place to Live.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to our community consultation meetings. We are currently compiling the first round of comments that we received from villagers and will be packaging them for distribution and review in the near future. Keep watching for news on this exciting adventure on either our website, Facebook page or Twitter.
Here is a flyer by local business owner James McKelvie, a supporter of the proposed land buyout, asking visitors to the Wanlockhead Inn and local residents to support the buyout initiative.
Please find enclosed the buyout group's first newsletter update, which has been posted through the letterboxes in the village.
The buyout proposal has attracted a lot of media attention following the January 2016 public meeting. Here are some press articles and a few social media reactions...