Leadhills is a special place: the beautiful hills and local history make it a very enviable place to live. We believe that a long history of declining population and limited opportunities can be turned around by local endeavour and that there is a bright future for our community.
On the 18th January 2014 a meeting attended by a hundred residents was held at Leadhills Village Hall to introduce the idea of our community registering an expression of interest in a community buyout initiative if the Hopetoun Estate decides to put land in Leadhills on the market.
With a mandate of over 150 forms of support from members of the community (over half of the registered voters in the village) a steering group was formed to register an expression of interest on the land owned by Hopetoun in and around Leadhills.
What we do
The Leadhills Community Company was formed in June 2014 as part of the legal requirements for the registration of an interest in land. The Company’s overall objective is to apply to register an interest in land and the opportunity to buy that land for the local community when it comes up for sale.
In broader terms, the Company represents a community-led approach to local development, paving the way towards community ownership of the estate on behalf of the community, in order to regenerate and make the area sustainable in economic, social and environmental terms for future generations.
The Company is owned by Leadhills residents and governed by a board of Directors. The Directors are elected annually by the Company members. Please find out how can you get involved, support our aims, or just stayed informed of our progress.