Four com­mu­nity groups wel­come cash boost

The Oban Times - - News -

FOUR awards were made to Outer He­brides’ com­mu­nity groups fol­low­ing re­cent coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ings.

The comhairle awarded £61,950 to phase two of the Castle­bay Har­bour Ini­tia­tive by Coim­hearsnachd Bhar­raidh agus Bhatar­saidh Ltd, which will see a main pon­toon and slip­way built to meet de­mand for vis­it­ing yacht berths.

Cre­at­ing this slip­way and 18 ad­di­tional spa­ces will sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of ma­rine tourism and recre­ation on the is­land.

The Isle of Lewis Her­itage Pro­gramme is three in­ter­linked re­gen­er­a­tion projects based on her­itage and cul­ture, pro­jected to cost £2.5 mil­lion. The pro­gramme seeks to rein­vig­o­rate and em­power frag­ile com­mu­ni­ties in Lewis.

The projects are be­ing driven by Co­munn Eachdraidh Nis, Co­mann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar and Kin­loch His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Co­munn Eachdraidh Nis is the long­est es­tab­lished lo­cal his­tory so­ci­ety in the West­ern Isles. It hopes to de­velop a derelict former school­house and can­teen into ex­hi­bi­tion space to show­case the area’s her­itage.

The West Side of the Isle of Lewis His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Co­mann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar, has col­lected many arte­facts to be dis­played within what was an old church build­ing, re­cently ac­quired by the trust.

And KHS is look­ing to re­de­velop the old school in Balal­lan as a com­mu­nity and her­itage hub

An award of £ 300,000 was made to the her­itage pro­gramme in Lewis and re­gen­er­a­tion team of­fi­cers are pro­vid­ing sup­port to the in­di­vid­ual com­mu­nity groups.

Coun­cil­lor Don­ald Crichton, chair­man of the comhairle’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee, said: ‘Four ex­cel­lent com­mu­nity projects will be de­liv­ered through sup­port from the comhairle’s Com­mu­nity Cap­i­tal Grant Fund.

In Castle­bay, Ness, Shaw­bost and Balal­lan, jobs will be safe­guarded dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod and more will be cre­ated af­ter com­ple­tion.’

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