Hope for In­ver­aray wa­ter­front

Plans aim to es­tab­lish new moor­ings for bet­ter pas­sen­ger ac­cess to the royal burgh

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

PLANS are afoot once more to make In­ver­aray wa­ter­front a bustling hub for cruise ships, pri­vate yachts and their pas­sen­gers.

And an open meet­ing in the royal burgh next week will see the plans re­vealed.

In­spire In­ver­aray – for­merly known as the In­ver­aray Com­mu­nity Com­pany – is work­ing to es­tab­lish vis­i­tor moor­ings in the bay for yachts and a dry land­ing for pas­sen­ger ac­cess to the town.

Kyle Renton, who chairs In­spire In­ver­aray, said: ‘In the early 20th cen­tury pad­dle steam­ers came to In­ver­aray and pas­sen­gers in their hun­dreds would come ashore. This scene was fa­mil­iar to In­ver­aray folk then, but no more.

‘While it is es­ti­mated that more cruise ships will be sail­ing the coastal wa­ters of Ar­gyll dur­ing 2018, and the smaller cruise ships will sail up to In­ver­aray, there will be no dry land­ing for pas­sen­gers at In­ver­aray.’

Fel­low In­spire In­ver­aray board mem­ber Der­rick An­stee, a keen sailor him­self, is lead­ing the project. He ex­plained: ‘We have al­ready ap­plied to the Crown Es­tate for four vis­i­tor moor­ings and we are hop­ing to achieve fund­ing soon to put these moor­ings down ready for the 2018 sail­ing sea­son.

‘A pre-plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a dry land­ing fa­cil­ity is with the coun­cil, and if that passes we will go for full plan­ning per­mis­sion and ap­ply for grants and a li­cence for a pon­toon land­ing for pas­sen­gers from cruise ships and yachts.

‘This will be a start and, if suc­cess­ful, the fa­cil­ity can and will be ex­tended. We have been en­cour­aged by an of­fer of help from some lo­cal busi­nesses to cre­ate a fund which will go to­wards the an­nual main­te­nance and in­surance costs.’

Dur­ing this start-up phase, or­gan­is­ers have had help­ful con­ver­sa­tions and ad­vice from other lo­cal moor­ing as­so­ci­a­tions. The project has also re­ceived sup­port from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

In­spire In­ver­aray is hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing to share the pro­pos­als and lis­ten to ideas from mem­bers of the pub­lic. One key el­e­ment is a pro­posal to pro­duce a com­mu­nity-led ac­tion plan which will be­gin to draw to­gether all the cur­rent ideas and pro­pos­als for the town.

The meet­ing will be held in the Ni­coll Hall, In­ver­aray, on Thurs­day Novem­ber 16 at 7.30pm. Light re­fresh­ments will be avail­able and all are wel­come.

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