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As a community, we need to make important decisions about Achnasheen Village Hall and public toilets. Please come and make your views known.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 7.30pm Achnasheen Village Hall

The Highland Council do not wish to renew the lease for the Hall on the same terms as before - that is with the Council responsible for all external fabric and maintenance, and Achnasheen Amenities Group responsible for all internal maintenance.  They are not prepared to commit to paying for the external maintenance for the next 25 years. They have undertaken to pay for the immediate repairs to the west gable end (around £18K) - repairs imminent.  It is not yet clear whether they will pay for the other medium term roof repairs estimated, by them, to cost about £40k.

They have suggested that the community considers purchasing the hall using the Community Asset Transfer scheme and fully takes over running both the hall and public toilets.

This initial meeting is to discuss whether the community wishes to buy the hall and take over the running of the public toilets and look at all available options.

So, please do join us and share your views on 21 September or leave comments below.

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Steve Jones said:

Hi Sadie

This will be for negotiation with the Highland Council under their Community Asset Transfer scheme.

Some halls in the Highlands have  bought their hall for as little as £1 but I think it depends in part on the strength of your case.

Steve

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Pamela Morrison said:

After re-reading the ' Notes of Community Meeting'  from the Achnasheen Amenities  Association  I would like to agree with the following   strong  views which were expressed :-  "   LCT money would be better spent on services for individuals in the community, eg  gardening, handyman maintenance, fuel, home energy improvements rather than on a  community  building.........."   I would like to include, for all of us , Fire Safety. Other community groups have already organised assistance  for all householders so that they can fulfil the requirements of the  new law . The dead line ( unfortunate term ) for  the law to be  in action is February  2022 but why wait till then?  The new systems  are not cheap and  all our services are  increasing  in price.

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Tina Hartley said:

Hi Pam, lovely to hear from you.

I can confirm the Development Company currently have a small working group looking at how the community, as a whole, can be supported in terms of the new fire alarm legislation and know that LCT are supportive of this too.

The provision of a Handyperson Service was number 10 of the community's identified 16 priorities and again work is in progress to consider how such a service could be provided throughout Garve and District.

Thanks for your comments Pam, always appreciated.

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