Reprieve for Ardroy centre looks likely

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THE future of the threatened Ardroy youth education centre has taken a step forward to being secured.

Earlier this year, Fife Council announced it was to stop subsidising the Argyll-based centre owing to budget restraints the council is facing.

However, a concern group, the Ardroy Outdoor Education Centre Trust Ltd (AOEC), quickly stepped in in a bid to maintain the service, which is regularly used by school children from across the Kingdom.

Having reached a provisional agreement, the council and AOEC have been working closely to conclude the lease and both remain optimistic AOEC will lease the facility from November 1, and that Ardroy will open for business again early next year.

Fife Council leader, Councillor Peter Grant, said: “It’s great to hear we’re very close to securing a sustainable future for Ardroy and work is continuing to ensure the new arrangements are in place as soon as possible.”

If concluded, the terms of the agreement would see AOEC enter into a 20-year ‘peppercorn’ lease for Ardroy House, West Lomond Cottage and Falkland Hill Cottage, with rental reviews after five, 10 and 15 years.

Outstanding infrastructure works, including a number of landscaping improvements and the replacement of the sewage outfall, have been organised by the council.