BY LISA FALCONER
The local Free Church congregation have been successful in their bid to purchase Plockton Church it was revealed yesterday (Wednesday).
The building was placed on the market by the Church of Scotland at offers over £90,000 in the summer, prompting interest both locally and from developers.
It is believed two offers were made for the church and these were discussed at a meeting of the Church trustees in Edinburgh on Tuesday, with the Plockton and Kyle Free Church congregation’s bid successful.
The Free Church congregation have used the Plockton Church for almost 30 years and Reverend Roddie Rankin told the Free Press he was “pleased, and slightly dazed” by the news.
“We are happy, it is good news, but I only heard about it an hour and a half ago so I am still taking it in,” he said. “I think people in the village will generally be happy that it has been retained by us.”
The congregation recently submitted a planning application for two flats in the village, the sale of which would go towards the cost of purchasing the church.
Rev Rankin said: “We offered £90,100. We felt the asking price was too high and also we were not in a position to offer way over it – but we were successful so are pleased.
“There is still a lot to do, missives to be concluded, so I would expect an entry date in January, and we also have to keep moving forward with the planning application.
“I think it is a good thing for the village. We might have struggled to get another venue. Once the sale is completed we can think about upgrading — the toilet especially needs work.”
Plockton and District Community Council chairman Charlie MacRae added: “As a regular attendee I am delighted the Free Church bid was successful.”