Affordable Housing “Will Be Built” – CDDC Convener

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Development company convener Gavin Clark says he is confident they will be able to build affordable housing on the Hotel Brae – which would be the culmination of 10 years of trying by successive volunteer directors of the CCDC.

Gavin said that whilst negotiations over the land price are continuing they were bound by confidentiality and he could not reveal the figures involved. However he said the island would get a chance to see the sums and would have a final ...

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Volunteers needed for island wind project

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An appeal has gone out for volunteers to take on an island renewable generation project that could see the community benefit to the tune of £40,000 a year.
The Local development officers have started a bid to win funding for a community wind turbine.
LDO Hannah MacAllister said: “This could be a transformational project for the island giving the community a real income stream for many years. We need volunteers to form a small steering group to help bring this ...

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Colonsay may benefit from land reform proposals.

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Scottish environment minister Paul Wheelhouse has told people on Colonsay that they are in a position to benefit from new proposals aimed at speeding up the SNP’s land reform agenda.

The minister says an extension of the Land Fund to 2020 will allow communities like Colonsay time to consider their future options carefully.

The minister told the Corncrake: “By bringing forward a Land Reform Bill, before the end of the current term of the Scottish Parliament, we will take forward the direction ...

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News from our MSP – Michael Russell – land reform offer to the island

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MSP Michael Russell writes for the Corncrake: “Land Reform is back in the news again.    Paul Wheelhouse, the Environment Minister, told the Community Land Scotland Conference in early June that the Scottish Government was committed to continuing to expand the resource and the opportunity for communities to buy where they live and the Land Reform Group proposals, made to the Scottish Government in May, are likely to be influential in setting a future direction of travel for this most ...

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Great Island Turnout for the First ‘Big Lunch’

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On June 1st Colonsay held its first ‘Big Lunch’ – it is a very simple idea from the Eden Project aimed at getting as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
There was a fantastic turnout, approximately 80 people. The range of food was absolutely amazing, everyone made a real effort.

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Community land ownership survey finds real economic benefit

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Community Land Scotland, the representative body of Scotland’s community land owners has published economic indicators data of community ownership. 
The report demonstrates remarkable results showing that community ownership can out-perform the past private ownership of the land in question.
Among the key results for 12 communities operating in some of Scotland’s most remote areas is:
• Over 300 new or refurbished housing units and house plots delivered 
• Owners direct employment up 368%  to over 100 jobs 
• Business turnover ...

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Scottish Government review on land reform backs more community ownership

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The long awaited final report of the Scottish Government Land Reform Review Group is recommending ways of helping the country’s communities, rural and urban, achieve the First Ministers Target of having 1,000,000 acres of land in community ownership by 2020.

The report is of great interest to the people of Colonsay, already proprietors of land on the island through the Colonsay Community Development Company – with aspirations to purchase more.

The report is short on details as to how this target may ...

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A letter from our community owner neighbours of the Isle of Gigha

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Following on the Community Land Scotland report the Corncrake asked the convener of the Gigha Heritage Trust, community owners of the island just to the North of the Kintyre peninsula how they are getting on.
Gigha was purchased from the Horlicks Family in 2002 for nearly £4M from public funds and community loans.

Convener of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust Margaret McSporran takes up the story:

Charting Gighas’ Progress
Gighas’ oxygen; our first wind farm, Gighas’ dancing ladies, Faith Hope and ...

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