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Jamie Stone urges candidates to share urgency in tackling ‘devastating’ loss of community space in Milnafua


By Niall Harkiss

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Burnt Alness Milnafua Community Hall locator. Picture: James Mackenzie
Burnt Alness Milnafua Community Hall locator. Picture: James Mackenzie

Jamie Stone, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross in the upcoming general election, is urging which whichever candidate is successful on July 4 to galvanise action to get it rebuilt and back in use again.

Mr Stone paid a visit to the remains of the building that was once used as a community hall in Milnafua earlier this week.

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Whilst in office, Mr Stone was working with councillor Pauline Munro, an independent councillor for Cromarty Firth, to help release the hall from a debt for which it should never have been liable.

The intention was to get the hall back up and running as a community space once this was achieved.

On June 4, it was reported that the building had caught fire and burned down.

Mr Stone said: “Before the General Election was called, my team was back and forth with Business Stream for five months trying to relieve the community hall of a debt for which it should not be liable.

“That is on top of the community group trying for over a year themselves. It is frustrating to see the efforts of extremely hard-working councillors like Pauline Munro met with a brick wall of silence.

“For a problem which has a very simple solution, the consequences are substantial. This should be a hub for the people of Milnafua to gather and seek support, and now it is burned to the ground. It is a terrible shame, and I join the community in devastation.

“The people of Milnafua often feel left behind and forgotten. This incident does that feeling no favours. I hope that I and my team can see this through and get the support necessary to get this place back on its feet.

“If another candidate wins on July 4, then I hope they share the same urgency to galvanise the action needed.”


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