Tyndrum hub plot gets mired

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A community bid to buy VisitScotland’s closed visitor centre in Tyndrum and turn it into a new village hall has failed.

After Tyndrum’s village hall was sold, and then VisitScotland’s information centre was also put up for sale, a group of volunteers under the banner of Tyndrum Community and Visitor Hub was given the green light by a public vote last December to try to buy the ‘uniquely placed’ building on Main Street, as a ‘gold mine interpretation centre, visitor attraction and exhibition and community space’.

‘This project would replace the dilapidated existing village hall, now sold, and place community activities into the centre of the village,’ explained its chairperson, Kelda Platt.

‘The former tourist information centre was identified as being an ideal replacement for the Tyndrum Village Hall, located in the centre of the village alongside the main trunk roads A82 and A8.

‘VisitScotland was intending to sell the information centre and explained that the land for its construction had been donated to it and its sale was governed by some legal burdens imposed [when] the land was gifted.

‘The Hub group has undertaken a huge amount of work to unravel the complications, form a suitably constituted body and to develop business plans, but unfortunately time has run out and VisitScotland has been unable to hold off the sale any longer. The centre will be sold to another party in the near future.

‘The group and the community are very disappointed with this situation but feel powerless. It is saddening that a public facility has not been able to be transferred to the community, but it is the hope of the hub group that there is future potential within Tyndrum to realise the aspirations of the group, to develop an exciting facility within the village, to tell Tyndrum’s unique mining story and to provide a space for the community to meet once again.’

Expressing the group’s sadness at a ‘missed opportunity’, and thanking everyone for their support, Ms Platt said: ‘We hope to be able to bring more positive news in the coming months and to see the resurgence of Tyndrum’s community life, alongside the emergence of Tyndrum gold.’

MSP Bruce Crawford said: ‘I was touched by the excitement and drive to turn this property into a hub for the community.

‘I am hugely supportive of community ownership. It is, therefore, unfortunate that these drafted plans haven’t gone further in taking this community group across the finishing line of community ownership. However, I would like to commend the individuals involved on their efforts, dedication, and passion for their community.’

A VisitScotland spokesperson said: ‘We could not agree to sell or transfer the asset to them based on their business plan and the associated legal opinion.

‘VisitScotland is working closely with Stirling Council and the local communities and groups to identify opportunities for alternative information provision that will ensure visitors to the area will continue to have access to information whether digitally or face-to face.’