Ballot for purchase of former reservoir

Pete Williamson (left) and Bob Batchelor post their ballot papers. (Photo: George Mcluskie)
Pete Williamson (left) and Bob Batchelor post their ballot papers. (Photo: George Mcluskie)

Residents in the Newburgh area are being urged to return ballot papers relating to the possible community purchase of the former Lochmill reservoir.

Scottish Water wants to sell the loch, with Newburgh Community Trust being given an opportunity to buy it under the terms of the 2003 Land Reform Act.

The trust has to prove, through the ballot, that there is public support for the purchase.

Everyone living in the KY14 6 postcode should have received a postal ballot paper, with 50 per cent backing required for the Scottish Government to accept the bid.

Completed ballot papers have to be returned by the 27th of this month, with the result being revealed the following day.

If successful, the trust will be able to access the Community Land Fund for most of the purchase cost.