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The very latest news from the South Cowal Community Development Company and our proposed community buy out of the Castle Toward estate in Argyll and Bute.

  • "NO" to £1 Million pound loan
    At a full meeting of the South Cowal Community Development Company (SCCDC) on Tuesday the 20th of January 2015 it was unanimously decided both by the directors and steering group of the charity to decline Argyll and Bute councils offer of a one million pound loan. The local community had been hoping that in light of huge public support for the community buyout as well as the job creation scheme and inward investment, that the local authority would have agreed to...
  • Community "rally" around Castle Toward group
      At rally organised by supporters of the Castle Toward buyout group on Saturday a very busy Queens Hall in Dunoon heard impassioned pleas from cross party politcans for Argyll and Bute councilors to re-think their "NO" discount to the Castle Toward community buyout group.
    The event which had cross party support featured keynote speeches from MSP Michael Russell, Councillor Bruce Marshall as well as Peter McColl from the Common Weal and Councillor Vivine Dance, with additional support for...
  • Council offer "No Discount" to community group
      At the Policy and resource commitee held in Kilmory, the HQ for Argyll and Bute council, the local authority decided not to offer the community group any discount in relation to the Castle Toward Estate purchase. Instead the local authority officials voted 9 to 5 in offering the community group a £1 million pound commercial loan. The local community group we obviously dismayed at the councils decision not to offer any discount and although the deadline to purchase the...
  • Castle Toward Community Buyout delays raised in Scottish Parliament
      The Castle Toward community buyout has gone all the way to the Scottish Parliament with Mike Russell MSP asking again why the community group still have no definitive answer to the question they raised many months ago about a reduction in price. The community group have only till the 31st of December to complete the purchase otherwise their "Right to buy" with the Scottish Government will lapse. Below is what Mike Russell tabled at parliament

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  • Castle Toward Buy Out in jeopardy

     SCCDC were extremely disappointed to find that the council appears to not have put in every effort that was needed in evaluating the copious information that was requested of us back in early September, particularly given the potential that this project has to transform the area. And, as a team, SCCDC are now extremely concerned that there will be insufficient time left from the new date set of 18th  December when the local authority will now discuss our plea and...

  • Mike Russell MSP pleads for favourable Castle Toward outcome.
     As reported widely in the media Mike Russell MSP has waded into the Castle Toward community buy out debate. Mr. Russell strongly believes the community group should be given a reduction in price by the local authority to allow the buy out to proceed, here is the copy of the letter Mr. Russell wrote Argyll and Bute Councillor leader Dick Walsh pleading for a favourable outcome for the community groups appeal.



    Mr Russell wrote: “My purpose in writing...

  • John Swinney Visits Castle Toward
     Scottish MSP Cabinet secretary for finance John Swinney made a visit to Castle Toward estate in Dunoon, Argyll and Bute on today (Wednesday 29th October) to see what the local community group in South Cowal who are hoping to purchase the estate have planned. John Swinney, who was attending a population decline summit in Dunoon that day, was asked by the local community groups chairman Alan Stewart if he would come along to the estates 1820 Mansion House whilst in...
  • Scottish Ministers give final approval for Community Buyout to proceed

     Almost exactly one year to the day since the local community group in south Cowal started thier campaign to Save the Castle Toward estate, today Scottish Ministers gave the final approval for the purchase to proceed. The local community group had been expecting the minsters decision on the right to buy for several months now, but due to an appeal being lodged about the higher than expected value placed on the estate by the district valuer the process had...

  • £750,000 award from Scottish Land Fund for Castle Toward community buy out.




    The SCCDC, the local community group in Cowal who are in negotiations to buy the Castle Toward Estate have been given a huge boost by one of their funding sources. The Scottish Land Fund, to which they had applying to for financial assistance, have award the local group one of the biggest grants in Scottish Land Fund history - £750,000


    Plans for community ownership of the historic Castle...

  • Argyll and Bute Councillors show support for Castle Toward price reduction.

      At the Argyll and Bute area committee meeting held on Tuesday the 5th of August at Eaglesham house in Rothesay, Councillor Bruce Marshall tabled a motion calling on his fellow local authority colleagues to support the Cowal Community group’s request for a reduction in the price sought for the Castle Toward estate. At fully attended meeting Councillor Marshall, seconded by Councillor MacIntyre, reminded his colleagues of the councils poor record of disposal of council owned properties in the past,...

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