Saturday, 17 September 2016
The Ferry Stores
It had always been Jonathan's hope that, when he retired from the shop in a few years' time, he would sell it to the community. The West Ardnamurchan Community Development Company, of which Jonathan is a director, has therefore been preparing itself to exercise the community's right-to-buy under current Scottish legislation. The company has now reached the point, in a very lengthy process, of having to go out to the community to ask for its support in moving to the next stage. This will be followed later by another community vote which will require much stronger community support.
Immediately, WACDC needs to prove that at least 10% of those within the West Ardnamurchan area who are registered to vote locally support the move to "register an interest" in buying the shop. The easiest way to find out whether it has that support is by a petition, which will be available to everyone shortly. Agreeing to proceed does not commit the community to buying the shop in due course, but it does enable WACDC to move to the next stage.
I hope everyone will support WACDC in what it is doing. If local residents have any questions, they know where to find me.