THE group behind the Langholm Moor community buy-out is ready to go back to the public for its views after making good progress with the project.
The Langholm Initiative’s working group has completed a number of key pieces of work on the potential buy-out.
It successfully submitted an application to the Scottish Land Fund by the September 6 deadline.
The group has now received and reviewed the tenders from consultants who will carry out the valuation of the land, prepare a feasibility study and prepare business planning elements.
The quotes from the companies have been passed to the Scottish Land Fund and the group is now awaiting a funding decision from it on October 4.
A number of events are coming up in the next few weeks and it is hoped that people in Langholm and Canonbie, as well as other people interested in finding out more, will go along and talk to its representatives.
They will have the opportunity to contribute ideas and discuss potential for the land with the group.
Next Thursday, October 3 there will be a drop-in event during the afternoon to let people know how the work is progressing and to invite the public to find out more and make suggestions about what the land could be used for in the future.
This is likely to be at the Co-operative store in Langholm.
The group will hold a bigger consultation event to support the feasibility study on Thursday, October 10 in the Buccleuch Centre.
It is hoping for a good turnout and everyone is welcome to attend.
Kevin Cumming, project leader and Wild Eskdale project manager, is visiting two successful community buy-outs on the Isle of Harris this week to find out how they have made it work.
Kevin said: “I’m looking forward to hearing about the work of the two trusts on Harris and about the work they have done with their communities.
“We’ve been told we will learn a lot from these groups and I hope to bring back lots of ideas to Langholm and tell people about them.”