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Trust still on track with land plans following smelter deal

mgibson@obantimes.co.uk

A TRUST hoping to embark on the largest community land ownership is still ‘very much in the frame’, according to its board members.

East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust (ELLCT) has been campaigning to take control of around 120,000 acres of land in Fort William.

The land is associated with the aluminium smelter owned by Rio Tinto, which last week announced an agreement to sell its Lochaber assets to GFG Alliance (SIMEC and the Liberty House Group) for £330 million.

After the announcement, John Hutchison from ELLCT said: ‘We are delighted the jobs and the future of the smelter are secure. We have been in touch with Rio Tinto throughout and will be meeting with them and Liberty Aluminium Lochaber in the very near future to discuss our proposals.’

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