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Plans on track for Dornoch police station development

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The former Dornoch police station.
The former Dornoch police station.

A SUTHERLAND community is making progress with plans to take over its redundant police station.

Dornoch is on the point of making a Stage II application to the Scottish Land Fund for funding to purchase the substantial property which overlooks the town square. If the sale goes ahead, it will be the first asset transfer of its kind to be made by Police Scotland.

Behind the move are Dornoch Area Community Interest Company (DACIC) who intend to turn the station into a creative and business hub, renting out space.

There are also plans to convert the station garage into a gym and provide a creche from another part of the building.

A DACIC spokesman said: “We haven’t yet agreed a price with Police Scotland. This kind of asset transfer is as new to them as it is to us and that is causing a delay.

“We are making our Stage II submission before we have a formal agreement with Police Scotland in the hope and expectation that we will receive their agreement.”

He added that eight expressions of interest had already being received from people interested in renting space.

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