Announcement : Monday 17 September 2018
Penicuik Community Alliance is today celebrating an award of more than £300,000 from the Scottish Land Fund which will help complete the ground-breaking Storehouse project in Penicuik High Street.
The award will cover 95% of the cost of purchasing the currently leased property, as well as making a contribution towards completion of renovation work and the employment of a development officer.
John Watt, Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, said: “This award to Penicuik Community Alliance recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment of local people who will now be able to take ownership over a building that matters most to them.
“The new Penicuik Storehouse has the potential to be a thriving business in the heart of Penicuik High Street that will bring extensive social, health and economic benefits to the local community. I wish everyone involved every success as they begin to reap the rewards of community ownership.”
The project to create a food-centred hub was started in 2015 by a group including PCA Chair Roger Kelly, who commented: “We’ve overcome challenges during the last year, and our pop-up food shop and community meal are now well established. We are delighted by this vote of confidence in our ability to take things forward now.”
To celebrate the award and launch a community share issue to raise the balance of funds needed to complete the purchase, PCA will be holding a meeting of members in Penicuik Town Hall on Monday 1 October at 7.30pm