Portpatrick community bid to buy more land
The Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society are looking to buy another piece of land from Dumfries and Galloway Council after securing the harbour last year. Locals raised more than £100,000 in three weeks through community shares to buy the harbour, in order to secure it for future generations. Around 600 people took shares in the harbour, which resulted in full community ownership.
They're now asking the council to transfer an additional piece of land to the community benefit society for £1, which they say will allow them to begin a regeneration project.
"The grassy strip we'd like to buy is on the boundary of our harbour. We're looking to utilise that piece of land which will give us scope to improve our facilities. We need toilet and shower facilities and we have some fishermen huts there that we're looking to renovate. That land will mean it gives us bigger scope in the future. People who've been here maybe once or twice have heard about what we're doing and they wanted to help because they wanted to see a place like this remain unspoiled and protected."
– CALUM CURRIE, PORTPATRICK HARBOUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT SOCIETY
At Wigtown Area Committee on 9th March, members will be asked to recommend to the council that the land at Ward Shore should be transferred to the Portpatrick Harbour Community Benefit Society.
The harbour is one of the oldest working in Scotland, and remains the heart of the village. Work on resurfacing and developing the fishermen sheds is due to start in the next couple of days. The efforts of the people in Portpatrick are now being recognised across the country, with the community being used as a case study for other small towns and villages in Scotland.
"It's mission critical to show that it doesn't matter what size you are you can do great things. Portpatrick has done something nobody believed could happen in three weeks time and now because they've done that they've been able to gain credibility with council, with Scottish Government, with UK Government and they're being mentioned everywhere because it's showing what can be done no matter what you're constraints are."
– KELLY MCINTYRE, COMMUNITY SHARE SCOTLAND
The society are now looking to raise funds to further develop the harbour, in a bid to bring more boats in and support the local economy.