Last month I wrote about the Jura Shop. The current owners, Steve and Bev Martin, were looking for ways to sell the shop but there was no interested buyer. This could potentially become a serious situation, or better a disaster, if the Isle of Jura wouldn’t have a shop anymore. The nearest shops are on the Isle of Islay, in Port Askaig, Bridgend and Bowmore. That’s a lengthy drive from Craighouse and even worse for people who live north of Craighouse. That’s why the residents started an initiative for a buy-out so they could become the owners and keep the shop open. Today Herald Scotland wrote on their website that the residents on the Islay voted in favour of the buy-out. A quote:
Some 173 inhabitants were entitled to vote. A total of 139 exercised that right, with one spoilt paper, 31 votes against the idea and 107 votes, 76.9%, in favour. They approached the community-led Jura Development Trust, which has applied successfully to Scottish ministers to exercise a Community Right to Buy under land reform legislation. The Scottish Government appointed an independent valuer who has put a price of £95,000 on the business. The community has already received development funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Big Lottery to work on the shop project, and the islanders are desperately hoping that these bodies will help fund the purchase now, as widely expected, the community has voted to proceed.