Local News for Wednesday 10th January 2016
Leverhulme Memorial group ‘frustrated’
Residents of Leverburgh in Harris are becoming increasingly frustrated as they try to plan the future of the Leverhulme Memorial School. The school has two main buildings, one of which is considered by the Comhairle to be in such a poor state of repair that it should be demolished. The building’s future was under discussion at yesterday’s meeting of the Education Committee. At an open meeting this week, a group of residents learnt that their campaign to find a new use for the historic building has the support of the Community Council, South Harris Agricultural Show, the Historical Society, Parent Council and Leverburgh Care Home. But LMS steering group members expressed frustration after being told by Comhairle representatives that the building is not considered surplus to requirements and is to be developed as a Multi-Use Games Area. At the same time, councillors on the Education Committee were briefed for yesterday’s meeting that the building IS surplus to requirements and that the group haven't given them a business plan. An LMS steering group representative said: “We were given a deadline of 18th February to provide the full council with a business plan. Can anyone tell me how to deal with this Education Department please?” The Comhairle’s report says that the community have been given a number of months to identify suitable proposals, but to date they have not been able to do this.