ROGART is celebrating twice over this New Year.
For the community is not just welcoming in 2018 but also a substantial grant award which means an important project can now be pushed forward.
The Scottish Land Fund has awarded a £23,155 development grant to Rogart Development Trust.
The funding is to towards the cost of surveying the village’s historic auction mart site which is in line for redevelopment as a multi-purpose space.
Trust chairman Alasdair Waddell, who is also chairman of Rogart Community Council, said: “This represents a big step forward for the Mart Project and for Rogart Development Trust.
“We have been given a great deal of local support and that was important in securing the grant award.
“We are grateful for that and also for the many letters of encouragement we have received.”
The grant, which will be released in stages, will enable a contamination and asbestos survey to be undertaken among others.
It is hoped the surveys will show that it will be possible to develop the site without spending an inordinate amount of money.
If that is the case, then the Trust would ask site owners, Dingwall-based North Property (Highland) Ltd, to agree a valuation.
Mr Waddell said: “Rogart Development Trust would then apply to the Scottish Land Fund for funding towards the purchase cost.”
Plans for the auction mart, built in the 1950s, were unveiled at an open event in October.
The Trust is suggesting the mart building be turned into a space suitable for both outside and inside events such as theatre performances, markets and fairs.
It is thought that the remainder of the 0.8 acre site could be used for sheltered housing or business units.
In the market’s hey-day, more than 10,000 lambs went through the Rogart ring on sales days.