Proposed community buy-out of the former museum site: Am Fasgadh, Spey Street, Kingussie.
In 2009 a community survey took place in Kingussie called “Our Community a Way Forward”. Acquisition of the former museum site and its C listed buildings “Am Fasgadh” and “MacRobert House” featured high on the list of the community’s priorities.
It was thought that the site could be used for a variety of community uses, including allotments and small craft workshops, both of which also featured highly on the list of community priorities.
Since the survey was carried out, a great deal has been going on behind the scenes to make our community’s wishes come true. It started with three Community councillors standing on a freezing cold High Street in sub-zero temperatures, in order to obtain the 10% support needed to enable a community right to buy application to be submitted. This took just two and a half hours.
Once this had been achieved, it took months of work to produce a document running to several hundred pages, which was submitted to the Scottish Government’s Community Assets branch in Edinburgh. As a Community Council cannot legally own assets, so it was necessary to set up a company, limited by guarantee, to act as a vehicle for potential ownership. Consequently the Am Fasgadh Regeneration Company (Kingussie) Ltd – “A.R.C” for short, was born.
So far A.R.C. has acquired land on the site for allotments and growing spaces. Negotiations with the Highland Council to acquire the rest of the site are still ongoing, and we are hopeful that they will have the successful outcome that our community is expecting.
A.R.C. is currently waiting to receive charitable status.