Castle Toward local issue now heading in positive direction

South Cowal Community Development Company has made a transparently open approach to Denice Purdie, the businesswoman who has made a succesful bid for the Castle Toward Estate following Argyll and Bute Council’s frustration of the community’s attempt to buy the property.

This initiative would indicate that the reality of the situation is being accepted and that the community recogises that the winning bidder for the property [whose bid also came some time after their own had failed] is independent of their own issues with the council; is someone with the interests of the community at large well in her sights; and is the owner of a business whose success merits support in its capacity to bring substantial and varied benefit to South Cowal.

Denice Purdie has responded with similar openness and has accepted the invitation to attend a meeting of SCCDC to talk about he plans for the Castle Toward property. She also seems ready to discuss her other current business initiatives that may have a bearing on Cowal.

This meeting has the potential to be a genuine meeting of minds, since SCCDC also showed an entrepreneurial spirit in its own bid for the property; and since Denice Purdie is one of Cowal’s own.

Both communications are in the public domain, are to the credit of each and are reproduced verbatim below.

South Cowal Community Development Company to Denice Purdie

Good afternoon Denice

At our monthly meeting of South Cowal Community Council last night we discussed Castle Toward yet again and thought that it would be good if you could come along to our next meeting and fill us in with some of the details regarding your future plans. We all accept that the Community Buy Out opportunity is over and would welcome the opportunity to work alongside you in your efforts to transform Castle Toward estate. There is a shortage of detail on how you propose developing the estate and many local folk have been looking to us for information. Would you be able to come to Innellan Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th November to meet up with the Community Council? At some point it would be worth thinking of having a larger meeting of local people but in the first instance it would be good to meet up with you in a smaller setting so that we can get to know one another. I can assure you that you will be made very welcome.

Kind regards
Eleanor Stevenson
Convenor South Cowal Community Council

Denice Purdie to South Cowal Community Development Company

Dear Eleanor,

We would be very happy to attend your June meeting if this is possible as we are sailing until then, we would most welcome an opportunity to discuss our proposed plans and allow for community council to collaborate with these plans. We will have someone create some detailed plans and images so as to create a more informative discussion. Though in the mean time if the community council have any questions please feel free to ask via message and I will welcome the opportunity to answer so as not to create a situation of the community council not knowing everything. I may be a bit late in answering due to not always having signal but I will answer them as soon as I get them. We are bringing our next business venture into Scotland via Greece. There has been some miscommunications and even some mistruths so a dialogue would in my opinion be much better . I apologise for not being the one to contact the community council as this is something I wanted to do but I was waiting until the sale was final which I hope will be soon, no disrespect was intended by me not communicating and I thank you for your invitation. The creation of local employment is high on our agenda, this would be created in the different facets of the business which we plan so I will take this opportunity to address these issues as well as working with the overall community.

I hope this helps Eleanor and once again thank you.

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Related Articles & Comments

  • Can I just point out that this approach was from South Cowal Community Council, not the Development Company

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    Alan Stewart May 4, 2016 1:24 pm Reply
  • In addition, this invite was sent out in November, and the reply only came forward this morning

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    Alan Stewart May 4, 2016 3:41 pm Reply
  • Newsroom – are you going to correct your article to take account of Alan Stewart`s comments above and make it clear that the invitation is from the Community Council and not the Development Company?

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    Calum May 5, 2016 11:40 am Reply
  • Has the sale actually been made? or are we still paying large sums of money for security and anything else A&B want to throw at the building? I take it that there will be no representatives from A&B officially invited to this open meeting, but at least something appears to be happening

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    mike May 5, 2016 1:27 pm Reply
    • The Land Register shows no exchange has happened so we lucky taxpayers are still footing the bill and the Council’s uncanny record of being completely incapable of selling surplus things continues unsullied.

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      db May 5, 2016 5:38 pm Reply

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