The committee responsible for delivering the Scalpay Community Shop project have smashed through their £10,000 target and they are now well on the way to having raised £13,000 for the planned community run grocery store and café which is expected to open in the spring of 2012.
Supporting the project is Community Development Officer Coinneach Morrison who said of the share option scheme: “To have raised such a significant some of money within such a short space of time is representative of both the incredible generosity of the community and the overwhelming level of support for the project.”
Even though the group have now exceeded their cash target, it is still intended for the share option scheme to remain open indefinitely and anyone looking to support the project will still be able to purchase shares.
Interim Chair of Buth Scalpaigh Pete Dickson said: “The level of community support for this project has been incredible. Along with the recent offer of community ownership from Scalpay Landlord Mr Fred Taylor everyone one is hoping that this is the beginning of a new dawn of community led initiatives which serve to secure the future sustainability of the Island“
Pete went on to say: “Harris Development Ltd, Highlands and Enterprise, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and LEADER Innse Gall have also lent a tremendous level of support towards this project and we owe a great debt to them as well as to all the individual contributors who have backed the project”
Committee Member Murdo Macsween commented: “The interim committee of Buth Scalpaigh Limited would like to express our deep gratitude towards all those who have supported the Scalpay Community Shop project by agreeing to buy shares in the venture. Raising such a significant sum in a period of less than 6 weeks says a great deal about the great number of people who hold dear the future of Scalpay.”
It is expected that an Extraordinary General Meeting will be called in the near future in order to dissolve the interim committee and to elect a new committee from the newly formed list of cooperative members.
For more information regarding the share option scheme and how to purchase shares, log onto www.scalpaycommunityshop.co.uk