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for Harbour Purchase
residents came out in force to pledge their support for the
local purchase of their harbour on Monday night.
Small Towns Initiative have agreed to help the residents in
their drive for community ownership and were due to discuss
the way forward at their Board meeting yesterday (Wednesday)
after 151 locals signed up to the idea of buying the badly
disintegrating harbour from the present owners Leisure Harbours
Monday's meeting it emerged that the favoured way forward
is for the villagers to create a co-operative group by paying
one pound for a share which would entitle each of them to
one vote if they took over the management of the harbour.
before then a steering group must be formed which will target
funding to buy the harbour with the Lottery-owned Scottish
Land Fund the likely benefactors and thirty locals volunteered
their names to be thrown into the hat to form such a committee.
Grahame Forster said that Leisure Harbours Ltd had already
agreed to sell the harbour, but it was important to have the
district valuer put a price on it first.