As you may know or remember we submitted our Community Asset Transfer request on 20th April 2023, and then applied for some funding to conduct the first stage in the purchasing process, where the Architect's initial ideas and any property surveys are completed. It has been confirmed that there are two commercial offers for the property along with ours and we will all be assessed for Best Value. The PKC Property Sub Committee will make a decision on the 7th August and we will be told after that if we have been successful.
In the meantime to add more support for our CAT request, I am contacting you to ask if you havent already become a member of Sprout and would like to support us and become a member here is the link https://forms.gle/pUwMW2biLG6ZrXeX9 But maybe more important with the additional commercial offers, if you would like to write us a letter of support from either a personal perspective or business/group perspective to help us with what we are trying to achieve - a community & social eco hub in Pitlochry to support as many ideas and initiatives related to becoming more sustainable. It would be much appreciated.
You could write a physical letter and hand it to me or email one to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can email it directly to James Gardner at email@example.com or by post to him at 2 High St, Perth PH1 5PH. The final deadline is Monday 31st July 2023.
If we are successful with getting the property it will allow us to establish this Hub which would include a workshop space, an information and a multi-purpose space and a Reuse Space with some public accessible toilets. The green space outside would make a great social and outdoor workshop space too.
Please forward this request if you know of anyone who may wish to support us, this would be greatly appreciated too.
See below for a draft letter for your convenience if you wish to copy and paste it.
Dear James and Jonathan,
I would like to add my support for the Community Asset Transfer of the Burnside Toilets in Pitlochry to Sprout as it will be so good to have a range of sustainable living initiatives in one place which will make it so much easier for residents, our wider communities and visitors to find the answers they are looking for. It will also make sure the communication between different initiatives such as the Climate Cafes and the Men’s Shed, Repair Cafes, The Heat Project and UpperTay Transport is supported and nurtured and inspires future collaborations reducing the duplication of work and time spent.
Within close proximity to the property, we also have the Men’s Shed, three Charity Shops, Handam Refill Shop, and a café, who is more than happy to support the Hub, plus the town’s public transport facilities. It is also helping to establish an area in Pitlochry that is focussed on promoting how to be more sustainable.
I think it is an extremely important and worthwhile initiative and during this time of Climate Crisis it is essential. The more Sprout is able to achieve in Pitlochry and Aberfeldy the more potential there is to support the spurring of ideas in other communities in Perth and Kinross.
Therefore, from a Perth and Kinross perspective I believe that transferring this property to Sprout would represent Best Value for our community and will help to address the need for some community eco and social facilities in Pitlochry.
Community Eco Hub: You may have noticed Handam Refill Shop is open in Pitlochry and Kaja and I are now focussing on the Community Eco Hub and in particular creating the information Hub in the shop where we will provide the leaflets, books and hope to have regular drop in sessions with consultants on Waste, Energy Efficiency in homes, Food and transport etc.
Our intention is to extend this through time to include educational workshops such as maintenance, repair and reuse. Presentations, talks and more zero waste events.
But there could be other help and support you would like the Community Eco Hub to offer so we have created a short community Engagement Survey for everyone to fill in or return to us by Saturday July 4th 2021 please. Or you can pop into Handam Refill Shop (behind Davidson's Pharmacy and Coffee Break) to pick up a paper copy to be returned to the shop. Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.