Thursday, 10 December 2009

Pairc buy-out ballot: In favour

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This evening, the votes were counted in the ballot on the hostile community buy-out bid for the Pairc Estate. I have informally been told that 52% of voters were in favour, and 48% were opposed. A close result by any standards, and certainly in the context of South Lochs, which only has a few hundred people as residents. Those 4% equate to about 10 to 15 people.

This means that a hostile buy-out bid will now be pursued - if the current talks with landowner Barry Lomas do not achieve the results, desired by the Pairc Trust. The stakes are higher than may appear on the surface: should the planning application for a windfarm on the Pairc Estate receive approval from the Scottish Government, then the value of the land will skyrocket.

Once I have formal confirmation of the results, I'll post that in the comments section of this entry.

1 comment:

  1. The figures are as follows (

    Overall community vote
    For - 195 (69%)
    Against - 87 (31%)
    Turn-out: 75%

    Crofters' vote
    For - 76 (72%)
    Against - 29 (28%)
    Turn-out: 76%