Over the past few months, Huntly Town Team has been working to secure access to a vacant building in the town centre with the aim of trialling a 'Hive' of activity. The idea of 'test it at the Hive' is to give space to people wanting to try new things in the town centre, but would otherwise have been unable to access the space to do it. This could be for a new business idea, pop-up shop, special event, community meeting or something for young people to do.
After a lot of hard work and negotiation from members of Huntly Town Team the Huntly & District Development Trust have now secured a short term lease from the Royal Bank of Scotland on a peppercorn rent for their old premises on The Square. The Town Team have been supported by icecream architecture through the current Huntly Room to Thrive project to do this. Aberdeenshire Council have also supported the initiative through a grant from the Marr Area Fund which will help cover the running costs of the space. Over the next few weeks small-scale works will be undertaken to make good the internal space with an aim of the Hive opening its doors on the 1st of December 2018.
It is widely recognised that addressing vacant buildings in Huntly's main square and high street is not only the key priority but a big challenge. Getting short term access to the old RBS premises is a small step on this challenge, but has the potential to spark new activities that otherwise just would not happen.
For the trial to be a success it will need a high level of interest from people in Huntly to come forward and try out new uses. Anyone interested in using the space should either email email@example.com or call the Development Trust on 01466 799416 with the details of what they are looking to do, and any dates or times for it to happen.