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A burst pipe in the former Mowi shorebase building at Glenfinnan looks to have boosted hopes of leasing the property for community use.
The February meeting of Glenfinnan Community Council heard an update from David Grieve, who has been acting as lead on the project for Glenfinnan Community Facilities (GCF) which now has a written agreement from the directors of Loch Shiel Jetties Trust (LSJT) that it would be acceptable to the latter for GCF’s lawyer to proceed with drafting a lease.
GCF has a price for that legal work which LSJT has agreed to cover. The community council meeting heard the lease agreement will be directly between LSJT and GCF.
As well as the building, the leased premises will include the curtilage of the building and the adjacent car park.
It will not include the pontoon jetty which will remain under the control of LSJT and the concrete slipway which belongs to resident Duncan Macfarlane.
The new lease will run for 20 years and GCF will have free rein to refurbish the building inside and out.
GCF will be responsible for building and contents insurance and public liability as well as the upkeep of the building and an annual rent.
A building warrant application has been lodged for stage one of the refurbishment which comprises the upgrade of the septic tank.
In his update to the community council, Mr Grieve says he now needs to plan and budget the refurbishment project and secure sufficient funding. He introduced Brian Ireland who he thanked for his hard work behind the scenes, including the drafting of the building warrant application.
The former MOWI building at Glenfinnan. Photograph: Mark Entwistle.
F11 Loch Shiel shorebase