A PUBLIC meeting is held tomorrow (Monday) to discuss proposals for the Lime Grove site in North Berwick.

The meeting takes place at St Andrew Blackadder Church from 7pm, and is being organised by a sub-group of North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership.

For more than a year, the area partnership has been examining the possibility of buying the land at the former East Lothian Council depot, which is owned by the local authority but has been earmarked for sale through a community asset transfer.

Monday’s public meeting comes after a community conversation about the future of the site, which took place in summer 2016.

At that meeting, the idea of a community hub being built on the site was discussed, and the sub-group agreed to take the proposals for a community asset transfer forward.

SKS Scotland has been appointed to produce the plan and it presented some options to the group and was asked to develop three proposals around the idea of the site becoming a community hub.

At the public meeting, these proposals will be examined and those in attendance will be asked to agree on a preferred option, for which SKS will then develop a business plan to be submitted to East Lothian Council.

Lesley Kay, chairwoman of the Lime Grove asset transfer group, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to save the site and ensure it is not just sold off to a private housing developer.

“I hope as many people as possible will come to the meeting.”

NB Movies, wich puts on film screenings in the town – currently at Freemasons Hall on Forth Street – is encouraging people to attend the meeting.

A spokesperson for NB Movies said: “We have not yet seen the three different options for the hub but understand that one or more of them will include provision for showing films as part of the hub’s activities.

“NB Movies is therefore keen to see that any such provision is the best possible for film screening in North Berwick and is designed to improve and expand film screening provision in the town.”

Jim Bennett, from SKS, added: “Once an option is agreed, there will be a period of intensive work to develop it for the business plan. Part of this process will be consultations with everyone who has a stake in the development.”

All are welcome to attend Monday’s meeting.