Carradale trust’s plan to buy shop falls through

Carradale Village Shop.
Carradale Village Shop.

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Carradale’s village shop was one of five Argyll assets set to pass into community hands thanks to funding from the Scottish Land Fund but the shop’s owner has backed out of the plan.

A spokesperson for Carradale Community Trust said: ‘We are shocked and extremely disappointed that the owner of Paterson’s has, at the very last minute, gone back on what was agreed and decided not to sell to the community.

‘We are grateful to Scottish Land Fund, the grant providers for the planned refurbishment – East Kintyre Wind Farm Trust, The Abbeyfield Trust, MOWI, Fern Community Fund (Cour) and the National Lottery – as well as INCH, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and all of those who have generously given their time and effort in making our bids a success.

‘Whilst we wanted to put Paterson’s back at the heart of the community, we are now pursuing our other options and will be fulfilling our promise to return a permanent shop to East Kintyre.’