Cash boost for Fort ma­rina group

The Oban Times - - News -

A GROUP cam­paign­ing for cruise ship pon­toons to be in­stalled in Fort Wil­liam has had a huge boost af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing has been rec­om­mended.

The Fort Wil­liam Ma­rina and Shore­line As­so­ci­a­tion (FWMSA) re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion on Tues­day that a grant for £163,042 had been rec­om­mended by the Town Cen­tre Com­mu­ni­ties Cap­i­tal Fund. The money could see a land­ing stage built at the north end of the West End car park by March next year.

Sarah Kennedy, sec­re­tary of FWMSA said: ‘I am de­lighted to an­nounce that we have re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion that we have had our ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing rec­om­mended for the pon­toons at the West End car park in Fort Wil­liam. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing news for the town.’

A spokesman for the fund­ing body said the FWMSA would re­ceive cor­re­spon­dence con­firm­ing its panel’s rec­om­men­da­tion, which would pro­vide an of­fer of a grant and guid­ance on how to re­spond.

A for­mal an­nounce­ment of the suc­cess­ful projects and de­tails will be made pub­lic once all of­fers have been con­firmed.

Nor­rie MacLean, a mem­ber of the as­so­ci­a­tion, said: ‘Ev­ery­one can see that this is what the town is miss­ing. It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to hap­pen, it’s just a mat­ter of time and fund­ing. If we don’t get this fund­ing we’ll find an­other way.’

Lochaber area leader, coun­cil­lor Thomas MacLen­nan, said: ‘This is fan­tas­tic news for the west end of Fort Wil­liam and the whole area of Lochaber. To get more cruise and liner traf­fic in the town will be great for the whole area.’

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