Photo by Jon Davey photography Edinburgh’s Action Porty has become the first urban community group to successfully use new right-to-buy powers. The group has been given consent by the Scottish government for a community purchase of the former Portobello Old Parish Church and halls, which they plan to turn into a community hub. Community right to buy powers have been used extensively across rural areas of Scotland since the 2003 land reform act, which allows communities a register an interest in land and the opportunity to buy that land when it comes up for sale. The community empowerment act of 2015 extended those powers to larger urban communities and to buildings or land that had been neglected or abandoned. The Portobello Old Parish Church and Halls had been redundant for some time when Action Porty put out a call to local residents to gauge interest in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)