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Home » News » Open Meeting about The Hill Primary School

Open Meeting about The Hill Primary School

11th Feb 2013

Top Marks for Community Consultation!

Blairgowrie received strong support from around 200 members of the community at an open meeting held at the Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie on Monday 11th February.

Proposals by The Ericht Trust for the Old Hill Primary School site Blairgowrie received strong support from around 200 members of the community at an open meeting held at the Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie on Monday 11th February.

The Open Meeting detailed the many proposals for the 3 building site which include a 120 seater cinema, local museum and heritage centre, print works museum, function rooms, music studio, tourist bunkhouse, skittle alley and activity rooms.

Ian Gordon, Chairman of the Ericht Trust explained:

 "All the proposals put forward to the Community this evening come from an extensive community consultation which took place in Blairgowrie & Rattray and the surrounding areas last summer. Since then the Trustees, along with professional consultants, have been working to evaluate each idea and to assess the long-term viability of each option. The proposals put forward on the night are ones that we are confident have widespread community support and are financially sustainable."

We were absolutely delighted by the large community turnout for the open meeting, which saw people queuing to view the various displays outlining the proposals, Ian said: "tonight has been an important milestone in the overall project as it has allowed us to present the proposals to the community and to get some very useful feedback on various aspects of the project.  It is clear that the people attending this evening are very supportive of the project and are keen to see things progress as quickly as possible. I’ve been encouraged by the number of people who have put their names forward to work as volunteers with the Trust to help to take the project forward. We have also had further discussions with members of several community groups who are keen to get involved in the more detailed elements of the project."

Myra Shearer, Vice Chair of the Trust explained that work is continuing on finalising the business plan which will incorporate community feedback and support to date. Once the business plan has been completed more detailed discussions will then take place with Perth & Kinross Council with regards the best options for acquiring the Hill Primary Site. At the same time we will be having discussions with several major grant funding bodies to identify funding opportunities for this multi-million pound community led project.

Myra highlighted the recognition given by the Prince’s Heritage Regeneration Trust when the project took part in a UK wide competition and won eighty hours of advice and help from national experts in the fields of heritage building regeneration, finance and charitable grant funding and property acquisition. Myra has spoken with these individuals who are highly influential in their respective fields and very supportive of the project; they believe they can help it come to fruition.  The experts will be visiting the site, examining the business plan and providing advice and support to the Trust in the coming weeks.

The aim of The Ericht Trust is to provide a viable community facility that will create opportunities for all age groups and much needed employment in the town. The plans can now be seen in the One Voice Office or on The Ericht Trust website.

 A summary of the responses to the meeting can be viewed here.

More information of the project can be found at the One Voice office, 11 Upper Mill Street, Blairgowrie or on the Ericht trust website