Leadhills Community Company NEWS UPDATE. STABLE BLOCK

The Story so far…

Leadhills Community Company (LCC) is exploring the community purchase of the Stable Block in Leadhills. The building is currently owned by the Earl of Hopetoun, who has indicated a willingness to sell it to the community. It is leased to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service but not used at the moment due to a suspension of the service, although they allow the community to use part of the building for storage of equipment for events etc.

Finding out what people would like from the Stable Block

LCC has secured funding from the Clyde Wind Farm to employ a consultant to draw up plans for how the building could be used by the community to find out if there is local support for such ideas. Sandra Macaskill of Caskieco began work with the us in July 2019 attending the Leadhills Gala Day to begin to talk to people about what they would like to see the stable block used for. A public meeting was held 3rd October in the Hopetoun Arms to enable a wider range of local organisations and individuals to get involved in drawing up plans.

From this meeting, this newsletter has been produced together with a questionnaire to enable everyone in the village to have their say on how the project should progress. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire either electronically via this link or on paper, returning it to the collection box in the village shop.

Other funding news…

LCC hopes to secure some of the funding to buy the Stable Block, if it is agreed to proceed, from the Scottish Land Fund. A successful Stage 1 application has been made which means LCC can now have a full survey done on the building so we understand what condition it is in and what works are required to make it fit for use. The feasibility study and the survey results will be reported back to the community once they are complete, hopefully by the end of November 19. We will produce another Newsletter and hold a public meeting to share the plans to that point.

What are the ideas so far…

Suggestions so far fall into three categories which is important as any future plans for the Stable Block will need to be sustainable in the longer term, i.e. they will need to cover costs as they operate as a social enterprise. A mix of activities is, therefore, a good idea as income generated by some things can help fund things which are more difficult to make money from but still important to the community. 

  Community Hub     Commercial Adventure Activities
Fire and Rescue Microbrewery/Distillery Bike and E-bike
Information Centre
Leadhills Jam Factory Zipline across the
LCC community office Antique sale cabinets Outdoor centre base
Employment Outreach Arts/ Crafts sale cabinets Fishing
Toilets Living museum Shooting
Tourist information Exhibition space Walking
  Natural Burial site

What do you think? What would you like to see happening in the Stable Block?

Maybe you are a local artist or maker looking for studio space?

Would Leadhills like to have a reader, writer, artist in residence? Build links and access to the acclaimed Miner’s Library?

Could there be pop-up activities in the stables? What does Leadhills need? PLEASE TELL US, so it can be included in the feasibility study, nothing is too off the wall!

Leadhills Community Company AGM 2018

The Leadhills Community Company AGM will be held on Sunday 10th March 2019, 11am at the Hopetoun Arms Hotel in Leadhills.



SUNDAY 10TH JANUARY 2019, 11am


This is your opportunity to join the company and become involved in this life changing exciting project to shape the future of Leadhills.

Feel free to contact any of the current directors for more information or any queries that you may have.

  • Pat Wilders 01659 74678
  • Rab Campbell 01659 74234
  • Martin Pinkus 01659 74408
  • Susan Pinkus 01659 74408

LCC Update 2018

A meeting has been held with Hopetoun Estates “Leadhills Trust” to discuss aspects of the buy-out. The main objective was to find out if the trust and LCC could agree to any assets that LCC would be able to take ownership of. For notes of the meeting, provided by Donald Noble click here.

Public Toilets

As most of you probably know South Lanarkshire Council have closed all of the public toilets in the county which means that for some time now there have been no public facilities in the village.
The Leadhills Community Company would like to put in a ‘Right to Buy’ interest in the toilet facilities located in the parking area next to the school. To enable this we need to prove we have the support of a good percentage of the village. To this end, we have placed forms in both the hotel bar and in the shop. If you would like to show your support for this endeavor please sign either of these forms.
The forms will be collected at the end of November so that we can submit the registration in December.
Many thanks to those that have already shown their support.

A meeting was held on Friday 6th, September 2019 to get an update from Gerard Godfrey, who is representing Leadhills Community Company in discussion with South Lanarkshire Council. The council has agreed that Leadhills Community Company will be allowed to operate the toilets under license for a period to assess our ability to manage them. We are therefore going to negotiate this period to start in April 2020 until October 2020 this will allow for the acquisition of the Stables and give the company a more realistic chance of sustaining these facilities. For full minutes on this meeting click here.