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The Macduff Scout Group has been awarded a LEADER grant of up to £64 560, to help refurbish the Scout Hut in Macduff.  The North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group agreed to contribute up to 50% to the project, which it is hoped will provide a boost to the group’s activities, and provide a multi-purpose facility for other groups in the community to use.

One of the oldest buildings in Macduff, the stone-built ‘Scout Hut’ on school lane was the original Doune School. It was used for a variety of purposes since including as a Methodist church before being gifted to the Scout movement. The building has over a period of many years, however, slowly fallen from use as a place where activity can take place, and now even unsuitable as a storage facility.  The project will see a more efficient internal layout and an extension to the building, raising the roofline, providing room for a kitchen and ample storage in order to support broader community use.  Chair of the organisation, Colin Buist, said: “We wish to restore and extend the Scout Hut into a living and current resource of moderate size, well insulated and fuel-efficient and easy to sustain into the future.  This will grow confidence in, and care for, the town centre area, and we are excited at the prospect of taking this project forward

Chair of the North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group, Duncan Leece, said: “We are delighted to help make this project happen, and hope that the investment in this exciting project will be one of many in the area.  I would encourage any business or organisation with a local development project in mind to get in touch

The North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group is responsible for the allocation of £3.3m of EU and Scottish Government funds for Community Led Local Development.  Businesses and Community Groups are eligible to apply for innovative and sustainable projects that meet the Local Development Strategy themes of Place, Connectivity, Business Competitiveness, Better Opportunities and Co-operation.  For more information, visit www.nalag.org.uk, or contact nalag@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, 01467 534465.