Rhynie Village Centre - unfortunately now abandoned.
A project to acquire suitable premises for the development of a village centre. This was to be the first phase of the overall development, however, due to difficulties with funding the project had to be abandoned.
Negotiations for the acqisition of the Gordon Arms Hotel, which lies at the heart of the village, were discontinued when the funding application to Scottish Land Fund was refused. This project would have allowed the provision of a suitable hall in the short term together with the continuation of the bar and accommodation which would benefit the community. Other opportunities will now be investigated.
Funding for the acquisition was being pursued with assistance from a number of funding organisations. An award was granted from Foundation Scotland for the Clashindarroch Wind farm Community Fund but this was contingent of receiving other awards. Our application to the Scottish Land Fund was unfortunately not approved so we are unable to progress our interest in this property.
A feasibility study was commissioned to look at the possible use and development of the property. A copy of this study can be downloaded here. A presentation was also made at a meeting to inform members and residents and this is shown below.
Scottish Land Fund application
The application to Scottish Land Fund for a grant to support the purchase of the Gordon Arms Hotel was unsuccessful. The feedback received from the SLF agent was that it was a very close decision, and that we could consider a re-application in the next funding round if we are able to address a number of matters which the committee considered required attention.
We have obtained copies of the committee final minutes, the Case Officers Report and the Assessment Report, which will provide feedback on the committee decision and permit us to understand where we need to improve our application.