Our ultimate goal is to establish a permanent hub in the community based around enterprises such as re-purposing waste plastic and growing mushrooms from waste coffee grounds. We are on the point of starting these projects at our premises in Balmakeith but long-term we want to be doing this somewhere central to Nairn.
This community hub will ideally accommodate retail, storage and workshop facilities (for the enterprises), an income generating cafe all providing volunteering, work experience and employment opportunities. We want it to be a welcoming place for local people to drop by, meet up, chat and get support to develop their own ideas and projects and employability opportunities.
With funding from the Pebble Trust and Highland Council we have appointed Practically Green consultants to undertake an options appraisal of premises in Nairn best suited to the community hub and waste reduction enterprises which are our long-term plan. As part of this we also need an assessment of the feasibility of our waste reduction enterprises to sustain it.
We have identified a short-list of five buildings of which probably only one or two are realistic prospects for our plans. We also recognise that a single site large enough to accommodate our vision may be ambitious, so the appraisal will also consider the business case for the creation of a hub using more than one building.
We expect to receive their report by the end of December.
Further details on the proposal are provided in a Consultants’ Brief