Meeting to discuss Baile na Cille Church purchase

CHURCH of Scotland Trustees have rejected an offer of £50,000 from the Baile na Cille Trust to purchase the historic church in Uig.

The community group want to buy the building to convert into a facility which will boost the economy of the local area but they have encountered many obstacles along the way.

And now their latest push has also been met with resistance by the Trustees who are looking for an unconditional offer of 78,000, the price at which the building was valued last year.

However as Committee member Glynis Mason explains, things have changed since the evaluation: "We weren't prepared to offer them an unconditional offer or to offer the 78,000 they want because of the slump in the property market and because we didn't want to encumber the community with a loan. We have now been given until the 10th of March to submit another offer."

She added: "At the moment we are going to go out to consultation on Tuesday March 3 to bring the community up to date and to throw it open to them. After all the problems, we don't feel right to give them the 78,000 especially not unconditionally as we would be liable for that."

As Glynis adds, they do have access to additional funding but that would just mean more would have to be paid back.

The public meeting will take place on March 3 at Uig Community Centre at 7.30pm.

The original plan was to convert Baile na Cille Church into a religious heritage centre with a study facility, retail area and self catering accommodation. The church was build in 1828 to a design by Telford.