Campaigners in Prestonpans have failed in their efforts to take over historic Hamilton House as a community enterprise.
The bid to restore the rundown 17th century property for use as meeting rooms and offices has been thrown out by the National Trust for Scotland, which owns the building.
Instead, it is seeking a tenant who is willing to occupy and refurbish the house under a “restoring lease”.
The news has come as a major blow to members of the local Hamilton House Group, which has been working with trust advisors for more than two years on a community-focused business plan.
Group chairman Kevin Davanna and Prestonpans councillor Peter MacKenzie have accused trust bosses of a “lack of vision” and are seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the decision.
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