Rockfield Centre moves step closer to goal thanks to £420,000 windfall

Rockfield before the building work began.

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Oban Communities Trust has received a £420,000 grant that will move it closer to its goal of opening The Rockfield Centre as a community hub.

The money is part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) from the Scottish Government and COSLA, which supports local regeneration.

Speaking about the good news, trustee Gordon McNab said: ‘This is a massive help. It’s another huge step in the funding ladder to support the capital works project.

‘We have to say a huge thanks to the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council.

‘At the moment we also have an award from the big lottery fund, smaller awards, and we are waiting to hear from another which we have applied for.’

Mr McNab also revealed that in May, people will be able to buy ‘community shares’ and become owners in the project, saying: ‘This will be a chance for the community to buy community shares – which will be a first for central Oban.’

Oban Communities Trust is hoping to raise a further £400,000 from the community shares project.

Trustees are trying to raise a total of £2.5 million before the end of the year to allow the refurbishment work to begin.