Community group buy Strichen Townhouse from council for £1


A 200-year-old Buchan townhouse has been bought by a local residents group for £1.

Aberdeenshire councillors declared Strichen Townhouse surplus to requirements in late 2012 and residents of the North-east village have been campaigning to restore it ever since.

Now the Buchan Area Committee has agreed to sell off the A-listed building to a community group.

Steering group chairman Robert Chapman said: “This has been in the pipeline for two years now. We’re very pleased we’ve managed to secure the townhouse for the local community. “

He added that it will likely cost £500,000 to refurbish the site. The group will be seeking National Lottery funding.

Due to its listed status, any redevelopment will also require the input of Historic Scotland.

SNP councillor for Central Buchan, Lenny Pirie, said: “I’m fully supportive of this project. They are a great and harworking committee of local people.

“It’s take a long time to get here but the town house is a great asset in the local community.”

Although Strichen Community Council still use the ground floor for meetings, the rest of the structure is closed off due to dry rot.

The steering group now hope to have the refurbishment complete in time for the town house’s 200th anniversary in 2016.