Carloway residents to explore community ownership

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Residents of the Carloway Estate are to explore the idea of a community buyout following a vote in favour at a meeting last night.

At the meeting in Breasclete Community Centre, the community were given the chance to quiz a panel about what this move would mean for the area.

They voted in favour of taking this idea forward and employing consultants to carry out a feasibility study.

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan was in attendance and said the meeting was ‘extremely useful’.

He said: “Whether the Carloway Estate, which stretches from Callanish to Carloway, is bought by the community is very much a question for the people who live on the estate themselves to decided.

“Sandra Holmes from Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Land Unit was able to set out the next stage in the process. When a feasibility study becomes available, the community will have a clearer picture of how viable community ownership would be, and until after then there is no commitment to press ahead.

“However, it was very clear from the contribution of those at the meeting, which voted 49 to 3 in favour of moving on to the next stage, that an appetite now exists to look at community ownership seriously.

“Ultimately any decision to purchase will come down to a ballot of residents, but in the meantime I am very happy to provide any assistance I can to the steering group, which was established last night, to develop this exciting project.”