Despite a rally held by the local community through the streets of Dunoon on Saturday 17th January to show support for the community buy-out and the tireless work of South Cowal Community Development Company, p
lans for a community buyout of a 19th century country house have collapsed after a disagreement over its price.
Argyll and Bute Council leaders wanted the community to pay £1.75m for Castle Toward and the council continued to dismiss attempts by SCCDC to buy the former outdoor education centre for £850,000.
The council administration refused to allow a vote on the offer at a special meeting and will now be instructed to end further negotiations on a community buyout under right-to-buy legislation.
Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell commented, "Everybody wanted this to happen except the small group of people who are the administration and senior officers of Argyll and Bute Council.
"There is a national interest in this, and this will also lead to strong pressure, which I support, for changes to the law to make sure this can never happen again.I will be looking to amend the Community Empowerment Bill to make sure that local authorities could never do this to their own communities again."