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Hope grows for new life for Scalpay school

Initial plans for the development of the old Scalpay School building were shared with the community for the first time on Monday.




The Open Day event, held at Scalpay Community Centre, was an

opportunity for residents to meet architects, view visualisations of the potential development and share their own ideas for the disused site in Scalpay village.

The current set-up consists of a main school building, playground space, tennis court, single class-rooms and outbuildings. These could become up to seven residential flats, with a community kitchen, outdoor market space, polycrub and raised beds, plus a renewable energy centre.

Harris Development Limited, the Harris-wide development organisation, intends to purchase the build-ing, currently owned by the council, for the benefit of the community, and is currently applying for funding

Hope grows for a new life for Scalpay school

Kenny MacLeod, chairman of Harris Development Limited, at the school

to do this.

Around 50 people attended the event and while the response to plans was overwhelmingly positive, they are still at a very early stage and feedback and ideas for the development remain welcome (to kennymmacleod@hotmail.com).

“It was hugely encouraging to see such a remarkable turnout at the Former Scalpay School Redevelop-ment consultation event,” said David MacDonald, Harris Forum

Development Officer.

“The site holds a central location on the island, but an even more special place in the memories of so many of our local community. A quote from someone who attended the consultation event stuck with me: ‘we just want to see the lights back on.’ I am delighted this project is progressing with the support of the local community.”

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