John MacPherson Court was opened on the 6th December 2013 by Margaret Burgess MSP, the minister for housing and welfare. On hand for a tour of the new flats were the new residents, many locals
The two new buildings, which cost in the region of £1.5 million to develop, stand opposite the Tighnabruaich on the site of what was previously MacGregor’s Garage, AMC Motors, Dochart Craft Centre and, most recently, Costcutters. The site in it’s latter years was a shell of it’s former self that served only as a turn off and an eyesore to visitors and locals alike. It is now totally unrecognisable as bright and vibrant buildings stand proudly at the roadside.
To say that the late John MacPherson was an ‘active member of the community’ is a massive understatement. John, who the new development is named in honour of, did so much for the village and community, most of which he did so humbly and without knowledge or praise. He served as Chair for the Community Council for a number of years and was heavily involved with the securement and setup of the local retirement home as a Trust-based initiative. Simply, an outstanding member of the community.
Margaret MacPherson, John’s widow, cut the ceremonial opening ribbon and was presented with a bouquet by Burgess. The flats are modern, with high levels of insulation, secure entry and with ample parking to the rear.
We’re sure that the naming the development in John’s honour takes a small step to commemorating his work and involvement in making Killin a better place in the world.