Ross and Cromarty councillors yesterday welcomed the formation of a new development trust to take the lead on securing the future of Invergordon Town Hall.
The Town Hall, which is owned by the Invergordon Common Good Fund, is currently rented to High Life Highland and is used by community groups, but the rental income does not cover the running or energy costs.
The building requires significant refurbishment and despite a number of grant applications it has not been possible to identify a refurbishment package for the required works.
Councillor Maxine Smith said she was delighted Invergordon Development Trust (IDT) had been set up to provide ‘new faces and new blood’ for the project.
She said: “We did consider what to do with it for many years, lots of things were tried and all unsuccessful.
“This needs to be dynamic and different to keep it going on a revenue basis.”
Councillor Pauline Munro is working closely with the community to help the trust get off the ground.
She said: “The group is new, eager, full of ideas and keen to move to the next stage.”
The councillors agree to hold any further action on the Town Hall to allow IDT more time to develop a proposal.