COSS Clients Regenerating Their Towns 03/02/2021

03 February, 2021
“People and communities know their towns best…”
Whether it is reimagining iconic buildings, boosting local enterprise or creating spaces for local people to come together, community ownership of buildings and land is a tried and tested method of breathing life back into our towns and high streets.
The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) welcomes the recommendation for a Strategic Acquisition Fund in today’s Town Centre Action Plan Review Group report.

In addition, in response to the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan review, COSS would like to highlight the role played by three of our client community groups in regenerating their town centres.


EATS Rosyth

Edible and Tasty Spaces (EATS) Rosyth in Fife has very recently purchased the former Clydesdale Bank building in Rosyth in order to transform it into a new multi-use community hub. As their name suggests, EATS love food, and grow produce in their Garden and Centenary Orchard. EATS also tackle food waste by sharing surplus food and delivering community meals. During the pandemic, EATS have played an important role in their community by providing emergency food parcels. EATS’ new hub will include a community café, a shop for surplus food, a community meeting space, a kitchen and teaching space, as well as shared working spaces and meeting rooms. COSS have been advising EATS Rosyth on funding options to develop the asset now it is in community hands. Check out their design plan below and get in touch with them if you can help them realise their ambition.


Forres Area Community Trust (FACT)

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) in Moray use Forres Town Hall in the centre of the town to provide a range of events including coffee mornings, craft sessions, parties for adults and children, pop-up shops, fundraising events, meetings and more. FACT is currently pursuing a Community Asset Transfer of the town hall from Moray Council. Ownership would enable FACT to maintain these services in the long-term. FACT’s regeneration project is seeking to convert the town hall into a modern venue which will be used for a variety of performance events. In addition, last year FACT received a Highly Commended High Street Heroes award in recognition of their role supporting the local community during the pandemic. COSS advised FACT on the process of asset transfer, their business plan and in their discussions with Moray Council. Learn more about FACT’s Town Hall project here:


South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT)

Back in 2014, South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT) completed an asset transfer of Campbeltown Town Hall from Argyll and Bute Council. A Category B Listed Building described as ‘one of Scotland’s finest town houses’, Campbeltown Town Hall has undergone a significant makeover since then thanks to SKDT’s Town Hall Regeneration Project. SKDT have refurbished the town hall so that it now includes a multi-function event and performance venue for weddings and conferences, commercial kitchen offices for rent, management offices, and new public toilets amongst other amenities. Not stopping there, SKDT have also purchased the Red Cross Hall in Campbeltown to use as a resource for volunteers. For their work, SKDT won the “Judges Special Project Award” from the Herald Property Awards, who praised SKDT for demonstrating how a ‘small community trust [can] create a catalyst for the revitalisation of a whole town centre.’ COSS advised SKDT on submitting successful applications for funding as well as the asset transfer process itself. Read more about SKDT’s work here:    


Read the full report here: