Public meeting in Pairc

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The Pairc Trust, the community body mandated to purchase land and a lease on the local Pairc Estate on behalf of the residents and crofters of South Lochs, are holding an important public meeting on Thursday June 9th at 8pm in Pairc School, Gravir.

By that time, the Trust expect to know the result of the independent valuation, commissioned by the Government, of the land and lease they are seeking to purchase. The purpose of the meeting is to inform local people of the valuation and discuss the next steps in their efforts to buy the Estate on behalf of the community. Under the terms of the legislation, the Pairc Trust have 21 days from the date the valuation is intimated to confirm to the Government and the landowner that they intend to proceed with the purchase.

Angus McDowall, chairman of Pairc Trust, said:

“I would encourage all local residents and crofters to attend this important meeting. It will be an opportunity to learn what the valuation is at the earliest possible juncture, and to discuss next steps.

We have already launched a fund-raising campaign, and are in touch with organisations who we are confident will support the community in their wish for a buyout to create a better future for everyone in the area. As things stand at present, we have until 21st September to raise the money required.”