Plans for regeneration of Knock School - Open Afternoon

Urras Stòras An Rubha is holding an open event at Knock School on Saturday 9th November from 2.30-4.30 pm to allow the community to visit the school, to see progress to date, and be informed of the plans for the building.

The event is open to all residents of Point and to any others with an interest in the development.

Urras Stòras An Rubha,(USAR) is the body set up to oversee the development of the former school buildings in Point, is now in a position to provide information to the community on progress with the regeneration of the site at Knock.

The impending transfer of the property to community ownership gives security to the various groups with an interest in the site and has already allowed them to accelerate progress with their plans.

The building is currently leased from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, on a short-term basis, but application was made to buy the property and that application has been successful.

The main developments planned for Knock include:

- Exhibition space, museum, office and storage space for Comann Eachdraidh an Rubha, which has been homeless for a number of years. The Comann Eachdraidh will be able to work closely with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar, the Comhairle’s current archive project.

- Leasing accommodation for the establishment of a shop and café.

- Leasing office accommodation for Point and Sandwick Power.

- Providing storage and archive facilities for the Rudhach community newspaper.

- Providing space for a bilingual interpretive and information point for historical, archaeological, literary and topographical elements of the culture and heritage of Point.

Knock School is ideally situated for development as a community and tourist hub. It occupies a commanding position on the main road at the gateway to Point. It is also well provided with space for parking and is on the main public transport route.

The regeneration of this key site will offer services and resources which are not currently available within the Point area and which will benefit local residents, tourist establishments and tourists, and will provide new employment opportunities. The developments are in line with aspirations identified in community consultation exercises carried out in 2009 and 2012.

The current lease runs until 31st March 2014, by which time Urras Stòras An Rubha hopes to have raised sufficient funds to allow the purchase of the building as agreed by the Comhairle. If the community is unable to raise sufficient funds, the building will revert to the Comhairle.

It is hoped that the people of Point will take the opportunity to visit Knock School on 9th November to meet, on an informal basis, with the groups intending to develop the facility, and to provide suggestions for the development of the work of these groups.

During your visit you will see some of the artefacts that are in the care of the Comann Eachdraidh, and there will have a further opportunity to see some of the photographic exhibitions that were mounted in Knock and Aird before the schools closed in 2011.

Refreshments will be served. It is also hoped that visitors will make a donation towards the fund-raising for the purchase of the building.