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Common Riding | 6th June 2024
 

Castleholm meeting sees positive public reaction

 
 
 

Upkeep and financial sustainabilty are the main concerns but everyone largely in favour of takeover

Roger Maxwell, the chairman of the interim board of the Castleholm Community Trust welcomed around 60 people to the public meeting held in The Buccleuch Centre last Wednesday.

Roger stated that their role has been to work with Buccleuch to transfer Castleholm to community ownership and present this opportunity to the people of Langholm.

The Duke of Buccleuch has generously offered to gift Castleholm and some adjoining woodlands to the community. To represent the community,  Castleholm Community Trust (CCT) was formed. However, this transfer will only happen if a majority of Langholm residents support it.

The agenda for the meeting

  • The background of the project, including the land, bridges, and rivers involved.
  • The formation and role of the Castleholm Community Trust.
  • Our responsibilities, financial challenges, and opportunities for developing Castleholm as a center for sport and recreation.
  • How Langholm residents can support this project by becoming members of the Castleholm Community Trust.

The transfer will include Castleholm from the Ewes up to the Ha-ha at the ‘faraway end,’ the woodlands opposite the Duchess’ Bridge to the school, and the Ewes and Esk where they border with Castleholm, along with the Duchess’ Bridge itself.

Remember, with ownership comes responsibilities, but the opportunities far outweigh them. Let’s make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime chance!

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