£100,000 Scottish Land Fund Grant for Udny Community Trust
Residents in and around Udny have banded together to purchase a disused hotel with the aim of transforming it into a community centre.
The Udny Community Trust has been awarded £100,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to assist with the creation of a new community centre.
The money has been used to help purchase the former Linsmohr Hotel in the village, which will now be transformed into a community cafe, with space for toddler and youth clubs, as well as health and wellbeing facilities.
Plans also include space for community groups to hold activities and store equipment, office accommodation for Trust staff and self-catering facilities for visitors to the area. Meanwhile a charging point for electric vehicles will also be installed.
The trust, which was formed to help the communities of Udny and Pitmedden, had a long term vision to use the space to the benefit of local families.
The Linsmohr Hotel closed its doors last year after a decision was made by the owners to cease trading.
Chairman of the Udny Community Trust Brian McDougall said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant.
“There has been a real need in the village for a multi-generational community centre and this will also create employment and volunteering opportunities.”
The Trust also plans to include space for community groups to hold activities and store equipment, together with office accommodation and self-catering facilities for visitors to the area.
A charging point for electric vehicles will also be installed in line with a growing demand for points across the north-east.
Chairman of the Scottish Land Fund Committee, John Watt said: “From supporting community centres in towns and villages to giving funding to projects that turn woodland into places of recreation and employment, the Scottish Land Fund is strengthening both rural and urban communities right across the country.”
Cabinet Secretary for Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham said: “The Scottish Land Fund continues to support a wide range of projects and the most recent awards – from woodlands and shops to community centres and housing – demonstrate the quality and variety of community projects right across Scotland.
“The Scottish Government will continue to encourage communities, both urban and rural, to realise their ambitions and take control of their own futures and I look forward to community ownership continuing to grow and prosper in the years to come.”