Great response by residents of Portmahomack at the planning meeting at the Duthac Centre last Tuesday 28th September, we were successful in getting a three month delay on the granting of planning consent.
However we were not successful in preventing any change of use as it had not been specifically earmarked in the structural plan as being of particularly economic benefit to the village,which could mean the loss of the Shop and the Castle at anytime in the future if the owners so determine.
Where do we go from here? a rich benefactor an entrepeneur with vision? a community buy out? We have three months to work collectively to investigate options, if we are to achieve further support from our elected members, so who's taking the lead? It's applaudable to stir up the community but we do have to have an alternative option to offer otherwise the change of use and ultimate sale of this valued resource is going ahead....the deadline is now less than 3mths away!