焦慮地等待着Wanlockhead村的土地買斷希望

2週前
焦慮地等待着Wanlockhead村的土地買斷希望

這次出售是蘇格蘭最大的土地所有者之一Buccleuch為減少在該地區的足跡而採取的行動的一部分。

擔任Wanlockhead社區信託基金主席的Lincoln Richford說。"這個村莊有着悠久的歷史,收購將使我們能夠像Langholm、Newcastleton以及高地和島嶼的無數社區那樣,確保我們的未來。

"我們的買斷計劃已經吸引了年輕家庭進入村莊,我們希望這種情況能夠繼續下去"。

在那些希望它能夠進行的人中,有一個是兒童保育員Emma Connolly,她自己有四個孩子。她在四年前搬到了該村。

她說:"在這裡找到合適的經濟適用房是非常困難的,這往往會阻止家庭、收入有限的人或有額外支持需求的人,"她說。

"多年來,我發現自己處於這樣的境地:由於這裡缺乏合適的經濟適用房,我們曾考慮搬走。

"我認為社區土地買斷將給村子帶來新的機會,其形式包括小企業、經濟適用房、服務的改善、野生動物和生物多樣性、可持續旅遊業等等。"

"他們一路走來遇到了一些挑戰,但他們已經顯示出自己有令人難以置信的彈性,並專注於為他們的村莊創造一個更好的未來,"她說。

"數以百計的社區已經表明,當社區擁有自己的土地時,可以取得什麼樣的成就,我們希望Wanlockhead將很快加入這個大家庭。"


The sale is part of moves by Buccleuch - one of Scotland's biggest landowners - to reduce its footprint in the area.

Lincoln Richford, who chairs Wanlockhead's community trust, said: "The village has a long history and the buyout will allow us to secure our future in the way that Langholm, Newcastleton and countless communities in the Highlands and Islands have been able to do.

"Our plans for the buyout have attracted young families into the village and we hope that will continue."

Among those hoping it could go ahead is childminder Emma Connolly, who has four children of her own. She moved to the village four years ago.

"It can be incredibly difficult to find suitable affordable housing here, which can often deter families, those on limited incomes or people with additional support needs," she said.

"Over the years, I've found myself in the position where we have considered moving away due to the lack of suitable affordable housing here.

"I think the community land buyout will bring new opportunities to the village in the form of small businesses, affordable housing, improvements to services, wildlife and biodiversity, sustainable tourism and much more."

"They've had some challenges along the way but they have shown themselves to be incredibly resilient and focused on creating a better future for their village," she said.

"Hundreds of communities have shown what can be achieved when communities own their own land and we hope that Wanlockhead will soon join that family."

編輯精選

熱門新聞