Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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A local community trust will be approaching Hollywood production companies for help building affordable homes and a new medical clinic on Skye.

The first crowdfunding campaign on Skye of its kind will be launched by a community organisation this week

Staffin Community Trust (SCT) will urge Hollywood production companies - which have shot big-budget movies like ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Prometheus’ locally in recent years - to support the fundraising drive.

A four-minute film highlighting the challenges faced by Staffin in retaining and attracting families and young people will be released to publicise the campaign.

SCT hopes to commence the construction of six three-bedroom family homes, the clinic and business units at a site close to Bun Sgoil Stafainn in early 2020.

SCT is seeking to reach a target of £46,000 which would be spent directly on construction costs - specifically the foundations for the new houses and the walls and roof of the new clinic.  

The community organisation and its partners, the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association (LSHA), are working hard to secure the funding for the development in a challenging financial climate.

SCT secured a Scottish Land Fund grant in 2018 and is now embarking on an innovative way to help close the funding turning to crowdfunding. It is an increasingly popular practice of securing money for a project by asking for contributions from a large number of people and organisations typically, but not exclusively, via the internet.

An agreement is in place between SCT and NHS Highland about the relocation of the current Staffin surgery to the new site. SCT say they will buy the existing surgery so it can be converted into an affordable home. 

The project also includes a business unit and a workshop/storage base.

SCT intends to seek support from production companies who have filmed in Staffin recently for films, commercials and music videos. Pop singer Harry Styles’ debut video ‘Sign of the Times’ was shot near Staffin Slipway and the Storr Lochs last year - it has now been watched more than half a billion times online.

SCT will also seek support from tourism orientated businesses who frequently visit Staffin with their customers - and its far-flung Taobh Sear diaspora, with plans to share the film in North America and Australasia.

SCT development officer Hugh Ross said:  “The campaign film spells out the challenges faced in progressing this development and the benefits it will deliver, hopefully it will persuade viewers to support a community-led project. The trust eagerly looks forward to the day when families move into the homes and the welcome noise of children playing in the gardens can be heard."

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