Town in fund­ing set­back

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - News -

Plans to build a £1.6mil­lion com­mu­nity cen­tre in aHigh­land town have been dealt a se­vere blow af­ter its ear­marked ma­jor fun­der turned the project down be­cause it did not tackle so­cial de­pri­va­tion enough.

The cen­tre in Dornoch in Suther­land had been in the pipe­line for sev­eral years and was just about to reach fruition. But it is be­lieved the Big Lot­tery Fund changed its fund­ing cri­te­ria af­ter the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion for £970,000 was made.

The new­fund em­pha­sised such tar­gets as tack­ling so­cial de­pri­va­tion and in­equal­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the fund for the­w­holeof Scot­land is be­lieved to have had only £5mil­lion left in it for the pe­riod July to this April – and just £14mil­lion for the next fi­nan­cial year. Scheme mover, Dornoch and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, said it was dis­ap­pointed but had not given up the fight.

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