Jackie Killeen, Director of Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said:
“Congratulations to the community of Keose Glebe on completing their land buyout of their local estate.
Owning and developing community assets recognises the strength of people who are at the heart of all communities – those who live and work in a place. Here at the Big Lottery Fund we have been supporting groups in urban and rural Scotland through the Scottish Land Fund and our Lottery funded community assets programme since 2006.
We know and understand the difference that community ownership is having across the country and we look forward to supporting more communities like Keose Glebe to make the right decision for them – delivering social, environmental and economic benefits for generations to come.”
Cllr Alasdair Macleod, Chair of the Sustainable Development Committee, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, said:
“The Keose Glebe buyout is warmly welcomed by CNES. This is a large step for a small community but this is a group with ambition and vision. The Comhairle has fully supported the aspirations of the people of Keose Glebe and will be fully supportive of the exciting challenges ahead.”
David Cameron, Director of Community Land Scotland, said:
“Excellent news from Keose that the community have completed their purchase in a comparatively short time. This reflects the leadership and cohesion in the Keose community. There is no doubt that they will go from strength to strength as the years go by and the future is safe in their hands”.
Steve Bracken, Business Support Manager, Marine Harvest Scotland, said:
“Marine Harvest has always been committed to supporting local communities in the remote locations in which we are based. We were approached by local people working on the community buyout and were delighted to be in a position to support them. We wish them every success for the future.”
Sandra Holmes, of the Community Assets Team in Highlands and Island Enterprise, said:
“The community of Keose Glebe has shown great drive and determination in working together to develop a sustainable plan for the future of the Estate. It has been an inspiring experience working with them, over a relatively short timescale, to see their plans come together and agree a purchase of the Estate.
Community land ownership has now firmly taken hold in the Western Isles and we look forward to working with the Keose Glebe Steering Group to help them deliver their aspirations for the community.”
A Kinloch Community Council spokesperson said:
“The villagers of Keose Glebe deserve huge praise for what they have achieved following months of hard work.
It is very fitting that the much loved and respected Morrison family are now able to hand the mantle of ownership over to those who have been their friends and neighbours for many years.
Those involved deserve huge praise for their efforts and the best wishes of the wider community as they take their first steps along what will hopefully prove to be a fruitful journey.”
Iain M Maciver, Chairman of the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust, said:
“I am pleased that the Trust was able to play a small part in supporting the people of Keose Glebe reach what will hopefully prove to be an important milestone for their village.
What they have achieved epitomizes a growing sense of self belief and determination which increasingly appears to whet an almost insatiable appetite for community ownership and empowerment throughout our Island.
It is clear that many now see community ownership as the foundation stone on which a sustainable community can be built. The Trust will hopefully be in a position to help those involved achieve their goal”
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