Urgent meeting to save smelter

LOCHABER COMMUNITY TRUST 11/7/16 Members of Lochaber Community Trust (left - right_ Chairman John Hutchison, Cllr Andrew Baxter, Patricia Jordan, Duncan MacPhee, Flora McKee and Cllr Ben Thomson, with maps of the RTA estates. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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A MEETING discussing a community buyout to save a Lochaber smelter will take place tonight, July 20 writes Monica Gibson.

LOCHABER COMMUNITY TRUST 11/7/16 Members of Lochaber Community Trust (left - right_ Chairman John Hutchison, Cllr Andrew Baxter, Patricia Jordan, Duncan MacPhee, Flora McKee and Cllr Ben Thomson, with maps of the RTA estates. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE
LOCHABER COMMUNITY TRUST 11/7/16 Members of Lochaber Community Trust (left – right_ Chairman John Hutchison, Cllr Andrew Baxter, Patricia Jordan, Duncan MacPhee, Flora McKee and Cllr Ben Thomson, with maps of the RTA estates. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust (ELLCT) plan to buy the Rio Tinto estate which measures around 120,000 acres in what would be the largest buyout of its kind.
The trust hope to work with various businesses and partners to save the under threat smelter, safeguard around 160 jobs and also a more lucrative future for the area.
The trust needs community backing and has been holding a series of meetings around the relevant areas, inviting residents to become members.
Tonight’s event will take place at 7pm in Duncansburgh MacIntosh Church Hall, Fort William.
John Hutchison, Chairman, ELLCT said: ‘Things are going well with building up the membership.’

‘The meeting [on Wednesday] will be similar to Inverlochy in what we’ll be saying but the discussion will depend on what is asked.’