Kilmallie councillors to seek assurances over rugby club asset transfer plan

Lochaber vs Deeside rugby from last weekend. Abrightside Photography. F14rugby3noJP
Lochaber RFC wants to acquire legal ownership of its Banavie pitch. F14rugby3noJP

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Kilmallie Community Council is to seek an assurance from Lochaber Rugby Club that if the latter acquires legal ownership of its Banavie pitch, nearby car park and an old swing park, these will not be sold off at any point in the future.

Lochaber Rugby Club is hoping community asset transfer legislation will allow it to acquire legal ownership of its pitch, nearby car park and old swing park area which all currently belong to Highland Council.

Community council secretary Russell Leaper told the November meeting of the community council that the club had requested a letter of support for its plans.

‘I think it’s good we support the club but we would need to be sure that what are currently public assets are not lost to community use in the future,’ said Councillor Leaper.

‘If we are to support the club in its plans, I think we need a very strong assurance that these assets will not be sold off at any point in the future and will remain community assets in some shape or form.’

His fellow community councillors agreed this was an appropriate course of action and the council will contact the rugby club to seek such assurances.

When the Lochaber Times first reported the club’s plans in October, the club said: ‘As a club, we are always looking for ways to develop on and off the pitch. Any future plans have community at the heart of our decision making and we would like for that to be represented.’

NO F46 Lochaber RFC logo
NO F46 Lochaber RFC logo

Highland Council also confirmed in October that the council did own the playing field and play area. However, title investigation would be required to confirm the extent of the council’s ownership and any restrictions on disposal of the land.

‘The council has a clear community asset transfer process available to community groups and officers will assist any group wishing to explore a potential asset transfer,’ the local authority told the Lochaber Times last month.

CAPTION: Lochaber RFC wants to acquire legal ownership of its Banavie pitch. F14rugby3noJP

 

Extra pic: NO F46 Lochaber RFC logo