Rockfield awarded ‘put on hold’ £90,000 grant

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The Rockfield Centre got confirmation of a £90,000 grant just 24 hours after The Oban Times broke news the funding had been put on hold.

Oban Communities Trust (OCT) was delighted to be celebrating the official announcement this week.

Last week’s front page headline reported the Scottish Government’s Town Centre funding earmarked for Rockfield had been put on hold after Oban Lorn and the Isles (OLI) area committee members asked council officers to investigate the financial viability of the project.

OLI area committee members had asked for an extension to discuss using part of the council’s £1.2 million share of the town centre regeneration funding to be used to upgrade Mossfield Stadium.

But Argyll and Bute Council has since confirmed that The Rockfield Centre will now be allocated £90,000, while £44,000 will be put towards Oban town centre interpretation signs.

OCT chairman Gordon McNab told The Oban Times: ‘We are delighted to have the confirmed allocation of £90,000 from the town centre regeneration fund. This confirmation happened only 24 hours after the front page headline of last week’s Oban Times.

‘OCT would like to thank all its supporters for yet again rallying behind the project, as was evidenced by the positive comments received. As can be seen by the work on site, the project is moving from strength to strength.’

Tobermory Harbour and public realm enhancements are to get £150,000.

Councillor Elaine Robertson, chairwoman of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee, said: ‘We have considered fully how best to use this funding for the OLI area and all members of the area committee have agreed that these three projects should be awarded the funds that they need.

‘This is great news for the OLI area and I look forward to seeing the work come to fruition. Going forward, we will look to identify other potential sources of funding for enhancements to Oban’s Mossfield Stadium.’

The Rockfield Centre plans to use its share of the money to kit out the interior of the building.