Cash boost for Fort marina group
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.’