Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q1. What is the Scottish Land Fund?
The Scottish Land Fund supports communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. The Fund reopened to applications in April 2016 to include not just rural opportunities but also urban groups, like us. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, both of which have extensive experience of helping communities to acquire and develop their assets for over a decade.
Q2. What will the £628,000 do?
It will help us secure the future of Cockenzie House and the Gardens, including the East Garden, for the communities of Cockenzie and Port Seton. The figure is 95% of the money that we believe we need to secure the long term future of the House. Included in this figure:
- Money to purchase the property
- Support to help us meet the transaction costs associated with the purchase
- Some development expenditure to help us over the next two years
- Some survey work to help us ascertain what additional funding we need for full repair and maintenance of the buildings.
Q3. Does this mean you have bought the House and all its gardens?
No. We have secured funds to help us towards the purchase.
Q4. How will you get the other 5%?
We are going to have to raise the funds - a minimum of £68,000. We are now working out how to raise those funds and we would love to hear from anyone who would want to be part of this project.
Q5. Which other projects received a Scottish Land Fund funding in this round?
Five other projects were given awards alongside Cockenzie House & Gardens. These were:
People United for Banton (PUB) will use its £184,490 award to buy the Swan Inn in Banton, North Lanarkshire and turn it into a new community hub providing a range of services including a cafe, restaurant, shop, bar and flexible multi purpose space.
Minginish Community Hall Association (£38,500 to purchase an existing car park and an adjacent area of woodland totalling 30.5 acres near the popular Fairy Pools atraction at Glen Brittle, Carbost, on the Isle of Skye. The group will expand the car park to create additional spaces thereby reducing the existing traffic congestion.
Glenboig Development Trust (£87,064). This group will purchase the Glenboig Community Centre where they are currently operating from and develop it into a 'Life Centre', a flexible, multi-use space that will consolidate a range of community services and facilities into a single community owned asset serving people living in Glenboig, Gartcosh and surrounding villages.
Recycling Jura Islay Group (ReJIG) (£289,389). This group will purchase 263 acres of forest on the Oa Peninsula, Islay. The project, Islay Community Forest Initiative, will provide a sustainable forest to create volunteering and training opportunities.
Tiree Community Development Trust (£154,370). This group will take over the ownership and management of a group of buildings and assets in Gynish, known as the Hynish Centre, from the current owner, the Hebridean Trust.
Q6. What difference will owning Cockenzie House & Gardens make to us?
It means many things - that the House which has become a hub has a long term future, it means that our last remaining historical asset will not become a block of flats, it means that the East Garden definitely won't have a large 60 bed nursing home on it. It means that the £500K of economic value Cockenzie House generates per year for the community, when four years ago there was nothing, can grow.
The information contained on this page will be updated as the project continues. Please check back regularly for updates and news.
The Trustees of Cockenzie House & Gardens are delighted to announce that the Scottish Land Fund has today (23rd November 2017) awarded to the Trust £628,000 to help secure the long term future of historc Cockenzie House, built in 1680, and its associated four acres of ground.
Cockenzie House & Gardens is a registered charity in Scotland (SC044016)
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