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Community in ‘right-to-buy’ plan for ex-visitor centre

A MEETING of a local community benefit fund held last week agreed to award £5,000 to help Sunart Community Company acquire the former Visitor Information Centre in the heart of Strontian.

The cash grant from the Sunart Community Benefit Fund Panel follows the packed extraordinary general meeting of the community company in mid-February when the latter’s members voted overwhelmingly to update the charity’s constitution to comply with new legislation. This will allow the charity to lodge a ‘community right to buy’ registration application with the Scottish Government in order to secure the disused visitor centre for the good of the area. The centre was shut down by VisitScotland last autumn and is to be put up for sale. With the backing of community council and the local tourism association, the company aims to buy the building and ensure the community can choose the business that eventually rents the property and that a condition of any lease will be that visitor information, leaflets and maps continue to be stocked.

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