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August 2018

Newsletter

Welcome to the August Newsletter
We hope that you have had a good summer.  We have had a very busy couple of months, with lots of paperwork flying about and chewed fingernails awaiting the outcome of the public vote in relation to the former Bank of Scotland building.

In this edition of the newsletter:

  • The people of Wigtown have voted
  • Next Steps
  • Membership details
  • Meet the Board

Former Bank of Scotland Building - Public Ballot

The results are in:
277 votes were cast and the split was 226 in favour of the community purchase with 51 cast against.

The Scottish Government has reviewed the results of the ballot and have determined that the community right to buy is satisfied and that we have been given formal approval to proceed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us

 


Former Bank of Scotland Building - Next Steps

Now that we have Scottish Government approval to proceed we now need to secure the necessary funding to purchase the building and then convert it to meet the ambitious plans for its development as a community asset.

The Initiative’s plan for the building is based on detailed work with the local community. This showed the need for affordable housing so younger and older people can stay in the area; so there will be a three bedroom affordable flat and a one bedroom accessible pensioner flat. Gardens behind the building could become community allotments. The main retail area, where banking used to take place, will become a bunkhouse providing affordable tourist accommodation, and linking into a growing network of hostels and bunkhouses supporting cycling, walking and pilgrimage tourism.

The Initiative hopes to include a cash machine and a part time community bank in the redevelopment as well. The project will save an important, listed building which might otherwise have remained empty and uncared for, in the centre of Wigtown’s
historic conservation area.
 
Funding to complete the purchase could come from the Scottish Land Fund. The Fund was set up by the Scottish Government to support community ownership of property provided the community favours the plans being put forward. The Initiative already has a stage 1 grant from the Fund to cover the costs of consultation, design work, planning and so on. They are confident that stage 2 funding will be approved,
putting in 95% of the value of the building. Funding needs to be organised over the next few months, with the deadline for completion of the purchase in December 2018.

Alongside the application for funding to purchase the building we are also pulling together final designs and costs to carry out the conversion work.  Our Design Team has produced an indicative cost plan for the total development works for the building of £242,176 plus VAT.

Membership

Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative is a membership company limited by guarantee.  Membership is free.

MEMBERSHIP

Ordinary Membership is open to individuals aged 16 and over who:

  1. are resident in the Community; and
  2. are entitled to vote at a local government election in a polling district that includes the Community or part of it; and
  3. who support the Purposes;

Anyone who wants to become a member just needs to complete an application form and will be accepted as a member as long as they meet the membership criteria.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

is open to those individuals and organisations who:

  1. are not ordinarily resident in the Community
  2. are not entitled to vote at a local government election in a polling district that includes the Community or part of it
  3. and support the Purposes.

Associate Members are not eligible to stand for election to the Board or to vote at any General Meeting.

Membership forms are available from Machars Action.

The following postcodes are included in the Community as eligible for Full Membership:  

Wigtown Settlement
DG8 9DS DG8 9DT DG8 9DU DG8 9DX DG8 9DY
DG8 9DZ DG8 9ED DG8 9EE DG8 9EF DG8 9EG
DG8 9EH DG8 9EJ DG8 9EL DG8 9EN DG8 9EP
DG8 9EQ DG8 9ER DG8 9ES DG8 9ET DG8 9EU
DG8 9EW DG8 9HG DG8 9HH DG8 9HJ DG8 9HL
DG8 9HN DG8 9HP DG8 9HQ DG8 9HR DG8 9HS
DG8 9HT DG8 9HU DG8 9HW DG8 9HX DG8 9HY
DG8 9HZ DG8 9JA DG8 9JB DG8 9JD DG8 9JE
DG8 9JF DG8 9JG DG8 9JH DG8 9JJ DG8 9JL
DG8 9JN DG8 9JP DG8 9JQ DG8 9JS

Surrounding Area
DG8 9AA DG8 9DQ DG8 9TF DG8 9AB DG8 9TA
DG8 9TJ DG8 9BT DG8 9TB DG8 9DH DG8 9TD
DG8 9DL DG8 9TE


Meet the Board

Andrew Wilson

“I tell people that a day out of Galloway is a day wasted, and I believe it is.  I also believe the common good of a community is paramount, and we have a duty to improve it.  That is what W&BCI is about, and why I am involved; I hope we can indeed give our brothers and sisters a helping hand, and by so doing we all benefit.”  
Let Wigtown Flourish.

 

Thank you for supporting the Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative.

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