Kilmallie centre car park could benefit from fund

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Improvements to the car park at Kilmallie Community Centre have been suggested as one possible project that could qualify for a slice of nearly £200,000 allocated to Lochaber as part of a government initiative to regenerate town centres.

The Highland Council’s Lochaber Area Committee will take on the role of identifying and recommending which receive funding.

At last week’s meeting of Kilmallie Community Council, the hall car park was touted as possibly qualifying for the cash.

‘The hall car park is definitely in need of maintenance,’ said resident Roddy Mainland. ‘It belongs to Highland Council. To be honest, it needs to be bought so it belongs to the community.’

But another local, John Hutchison, said there could be a question mark over ownership. ‘It would certainly transform Kilmallie hall if it had a nice safe car park,’ he said.

‘Almost no consents would be needed to do the work and nobody else wants to touch it.’

Other possible projects in the Corpach area mooted as contenders included a new access for the war memorial and an access from the local primary school to the canal.