Community Purchase Lockerbie Disaster Memorial Room

Tundergarth Kirk, Lockerbie, were given the green light to progress with the purchase of Tundergarth Memorial Room, at this weeks meeting of the Dumfries and Galloway Council, Finance, Procurement and Transformation Committee.


Tundergarth Kirk’s transfer request to take over the Tundergarth Memorial Room, located within Tundergarth Cemetery , less than three miles from the town of Lockerbie was discussed yesterday, November 8th. The room is dedicated to the victims of the Lockerbie Air Disaster and is used as a contemplative space for friends and families as well as visitors. As well as the memorial room, Members also agreed to sign the Auld Kirk Ruin over under the CAT. Both the memorial room and the ruin will be transferred to Tundergarth Kirk for the nominal fee of £1.

Community Asset Transfers allow community groups and organisations to take over a current or surplus Council asset/property, under the Community Empowerment Act, 2015. The Council has a CAT Strategy in place and many organisations have benefitted from utilising the CAT process since the strategy was introduced five years ago.

Chair of the Finance, Procurement and Transformation Committee, Cllr Carolyne Wilson said:

“I’m delighted the committee has agreed to progress these transfers today. Our Council is committed to empowering communities and in agreeing these asset transfers, we are doing just that. All three organisations presented strong business cases and demonstrated their drive and commitment to using the properties for the benefit of local communities.”