Euan McIlwraith interviews trust directors Mike Dearman and Mike Gale, starting at 35mins:
What an exciting two weeks we've had. Thank you everybody for your support. You've raised £2000 in 5 days and now we are up past £2500. Every penny helps us to create a stronger case to take Cairngorm Mountain into Community Ownership so the fund is still open. We have been very busy behind the scenes, incorporating the trust, MANY meetings with different agencies, answering questions, and creating plans and publicity materials. We are going to open up the trust for membership very soon, and we are planning an open day in early November. watch this space!
A community buy-out is a huge administrative exercise which involves 1000's of man hours of work. All of the directors of the trust are giving their time for free, but we are looking for donations to assist in the administration and marketing of the bid, if you are able to help out please click on the link below:-
The Aviemore and Glenmore Community Trust is being formed for the purpose of acquiring the Cairngorm Estate to further sustainable development for the community. Forming the trust is a first step. The Trust will be formed as a company limited by guarantee. It will be open for all eligible voters within the PH22 postcode to join. The Scottish Government’s Community Land Team have provided advice and assistance to ensure that the company documents meet the eligibility requirements to register and interest under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Once the membership has reached the necessary level, the Trust will apply to register an interest in the Cairngorm Estate. An application to register an interest will not be granted automatically. It can be refused by the Scottish Ministers. If the interest is registered, a sale under the 2003 Act could only take place if HIE are willing to sell. Significant changes are being made to the legislation for community ownership and empowerment. The Trust will monitor all options which become available to further it’s purposes.
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