Scottish Ministers recognise a worthy cause. Formal Ballot of support underway.
Catrine Community Trust are delighted to announce that their application to register an interest in St. Joseph`s Chapel and Priest’s house in Ballochmyle Street, Catrine under Community Right to Buy legislation was approved by the Scottish Ministers on the 1st July. Sale of the property has been put on hold and the community group now has until 1st January 2011 to follow the appropriate procedures and raise the cash needed to complete the purchase.
A formal ballot of all those registered on the Electoral Role within the Trust’s area will be held shortly and good support must be demonstrated to ensure that the purchase can go ahead.
Chairman George Smith commented: “This is a great opportunity to save the hall from demolition by developers and make it a lasting asset for the community”
“We need everyone to use their vote to show funders that we are serious and have community support for the project.`` .
UPDATE June 2011. Thanks to the magnificent support provided by the community and East Ayrshire Council, the property has now been purchased for £225,000 with a 70% grant from EAC and a 30% commercial loan from the Social Investment Scotland Fund. A lot of hard work has now paid off and an essential component of the Catrine Environmental Heritage Partnership scheme is now in place..
The refurbished buildings shall provide a focal point for heritage tours of the village and surrounding area, provide toilet facilities and refreshments for people on the River Ayr Walk and tourists to the village and become a hub for community life.