Highland councillors agreed to transfer land and property in its ownership to two community groups for £1 each, yesterday.
A meeting of Highland Council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee agreed to sell Bettyhill Visitor Centre, and Strathpeffer Pump Room and Gardens to community organisations – who have agreed to develop projects for community benefit. The sale of Bettyhill Visitor Centre will be made to the Strathnaver Museum and Strathpeffer Pump Room and Gardens will be sold to Strathpeffer Pavilion Community Trust.
Strathnaver Museum hopes to open a cafe in the former visitor centre and continue the use of the building as an information point.
Strathpeffer Pavilion Community Trust, a newly formed group, offered £1
for ownership of the gardens and buildings surrounding Strathpeffer Pavilion, including tennis courts, bandstand, adjacent car park and the pump room.
The group also plan to buy the pavilion, but needed to secure the land around the building. The land was in the ownership of the local authority.
Councillors agreed to the sale on the conditions that the trust was successful in purchasing the pavilion building.
The purchasers have agreed to meet the costs of the sale.