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Community / Funding jigsaw for Nesting school project completed

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

PLANS to transform the Aald Skül in South Nesting into a community owned asset has moved a step closer after its funding jigsaw was completed.

The local LEADER fund is providing 50 per cent of the total project cost of around £211,000.

It will match funding from SUEZ Communities Trust, Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) economic development fund and the Robertson Trust.

The Community Development Company of Nesting (CDCN), which is behind the plans, is providing £15,838 to the project.

SUEZ Communities Trust has provided £44,851, while the SIC is giving £25,000. The Robertson Trust is providing £20,000.

The revamped old Nesting primary school will provide a long-term home for the Nesting Local History Group as well as a gym.

It will also offer training space for the Nesting Rowing Club and improve the space for the local scrap store.

It is also hoped that the facility will provide flexible space for businesses.

A spokesperson for CDCN said: “We are delighted to be in his position. We are grateful to all funding bodies that have supported us and now look forward to seeing our hopes and plans come to fruition.

“We wish to thank the community for their continuing support and all who have helped us achieve our goal.”

Marek Gordon, chairman of the SUEZ Communities Trust, said the organisation provides funding awards with the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

He said the trust was “delighted” to offer funding to CDCN.

Scottish Parliament election, 6 May 2021