Early funding for Ardchattan Centre plans

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A community planning to turn a mothballed school into a hub-for-all is celebrating £10,000 funding.

The money has come from the Scottish Government via its Launch Me fund, awarded to social enterprises who are moving into the next phase of their business plan.

Ardchattan community councillor Breege Smyth said: ‘We are quite unique that we have got this money before the business has begun but we’ve got it because the funders can already see the community engagement and support for the venture and that really has swung it.

‘The funding has been earmarked for when the project can say okay the asset transfer will happen.’

A second meeting to discuss the school building’s future and options was held on Tuesday. Once a recommendation is made it will be passed on to Scottish ministers for a final decision.

The Launch Me funding will specifically be used for marketing and branding the new Ardchattan Centre if it goes ahead.

It is hoped part of the project would see a distinctive cafe with its own bakery.

The community has been involved in a long consultation with Argyll and Bute Council over the school which shut in 2014 when it had just four pupils but room for 57.

If the school is to stay shut, Ardchattan Centre supporters want to take on the ownership of the building and run it themselves.