The Highland Council is launching a Common Good consultation giving the Invergordon community until 17 September 2021 to respond to the proposal to dispose of Invergordon Town Hall by sale or long lease.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions – the consultation time frame given is longer than the statutory 8-week period and will help alleviate any community concerns about the inability to hold public meetings and will provide sufficient response time.
A previous consultation in respect of this matter was held in early 2019.
The proposal was not proceeded with at that time to allow a community group time to explore the viability of taking on the Town Hall.
Unfortunately, it has not been possible to progress these plans.
The position remains that Invergordon Town Hall requires significant refurbishment and the viability of its continued use is at risk.
All attempts to source funding have proved unsuccessful with maintenance and running costs continuing to outstrip income.
As a result, the proposal to dispose of the Town Hall is being considered again and a fresh consultation has commenced.
Any funds received in the event of the proposal proceeding will be credited to Invergordon Common Good Fund.
The Council is keen to hear the community’s views on the proposal and all submissions will be given full regard before a decision on whether, and how, to proceed is made.
All consultation representations, responses and any final decision will be published on the Council’s website.
The consultation runs for longer than the usual 8 weeks as detailed above closing on 17 September 2021.
Please submit written responses either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Sara Murdoch, The Highland Council HQ, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX.