Com­mu­nity launches bid to buy In­ver­aray pier

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

by Colin Cameron editor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

Con­trol of In­ver­aray’s iconic pier could soon be in the com­mu­nity’s hands af­ter the launch of a fundrais­ing bid.

Cur­rent owner Gea­s­par Byrne, whose fam­ily busi­ness owns the In­ver­aray Inn, pur­chased the ne­glected In­ver­aray Pier in 2019.

It was in the spring of 2020 that the depths of coro­n­avirus lock­down were bright­ened by an of­fer by Mr Byrne for the com­mu­nity to take con­trol of the pier, ei­ther by lease or pur­chase.

Fundrais­ing drive

Last week a £100,000 fundrais­ing drive was launched by the com­mu­nity to pur­chase and re­store the stone part of the pier, led by In­ver­aray Com­mu­nity Coun­cil con­vener Linda Divers.

Linda said: ‘It’s a joint ef­fort be­tween the com­mu­nity coun­cil and [com­mu­nity devel­op­ment com­pany] In­spire In­ver­aray.

‘Gea­s­par has been good enough to of­fer us the pier for the same price he paid for it, and our £100,000 tar­get cov­ers the pur­chase price and gives us a fight­ing fund to re­pair the stone pier.

Sup­port

‘We need the town’s sup­port and do­na­tions to be able to do this. We will ap­ply for grants, but to get the ball rolling any do­na­tion would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. You can do­nate by talk­ing to any com­mu­nity coun­cil or In­spire In­ver­aray mem­ber.

She added: ‘If any­one has any ex­pe­ri­ence of crowd­fund­ing, please get in touch as all help will be ap­pre­ci­ated.’

The hope is that re-open­ing of the stone pier and har­bour would en­able folk to walk on the struc­ture again, tie up their boats, launch dinghies, pad­dle boards or kayaks and land crew and pas­sen­gers from larger boats.

In­ver­aray’s land­mark stone pier. 51_a39In­ver­arayPier01

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