A former regional councillor is backing plans to establish a community-owned training hotel to help jobless young people in Musselburgh.
Keith Simpson hopes local businesses, organisations and other individuals will buy into the idea and work together in promoting the town.
He has already teamed up with former community councillor Alan Hay to explore the possibility of setting up a trust to take the proposal forward.
A resident of Musselburgh for almost 40 years, Mr Simpson was chairman of the Fisherrow Trust when it was set up in 2006 to redevelop and refurbish the former Fisherrow School, secured on a 99-year lease from East Lothian Council.
Once threatened with closure and possible demolition, the historic buildings now form part of the Fisherrow Centre, providing community facilities and accommodation for voluntary organisation on a financially self-sustaining basis.
It was a report in the Musselburgh News, outlining Mr Hay’s idea for a community buy-out of the derelict Musselburgh Arms Hotel that prompted him to get involved in the latest project.
Mr Simpson told the News: “I share Alan’s concerns about the prospects for unemployed young people in Musselburgh. I also think Musselburgh needs a good hotel.”
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