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THE OLD Nesting school has moved one step closer to becoming a community asset complete with childcare facilities, a gym and workshop space.

The Scottish Land Fund has granted more than £47,000 towards community ownership of there Auld Skul in South Nesting.Funding is now in place to transform the old school in Nesting into a community owned asset. Photo: SIC

Community Development Company of Nesting has now taken ownership of the Aald Skül and surrounding land in Vassa, South Nesting, in what was the first time property has been acquired from Shetland Islands Council under new asset transfer legislation.

The company was previously granted £47,109 from the Scottish Land Fund to put towards purchasing the site.

The money – in addition to funding from Shetland LEADER and the council’s economic development fund – will also be used to employ a development worker.

Chairman Dougie Stevenson said: “We’re really pleased to be able to take ownership of the Aald Skül and have great plans to use it for the benefit of the local community in Nesting.”

The transfer took place thanks to part five of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, which allows community bodies to make requests to local authorities for assets that they feel they could make better use of.

The council’s development committee Alastair Cooper said: “This is the first time we’ve been able to successfully conclude a formal request by a community group for the transfer of assets.

“This is a great example of community empowerment in the spirit of the legislation, and demonstrates how communities can help themselves to realise their aspirations.

“I wish the group well for their future projects and all that they will do to contribute to the thriving community in Nesting.”