Lochaber town centres to get government cash boost

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Town centres in Fort William, Banavie, Corpach and Caol are set to share more than £84,000 in grant cash from the Scottish Government.

The Highland Council has been allocated an additional £1,066,000 ring-fenced to stimulate local construction activity and support employment across Highland.

As well as the £84,156 for Lochaber, Broadford and Portree on Skye will get £56,104.

The Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee has welcomed the extra funding made available from The Scottish Government to boost town centres and confirmed that the decision on how this will be spent will be taken at a local level by area committee members.

The grant expenditure must be complete by March, 2021, and, in line with the council’s area-based approach to the delivery of this fund, the committee when it met last week agreed that Area Committee members will make the decision on how their allocated share of the additional funding will be invested.

Chairman of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Trish Robertson said: ‘This extra funding is very welcomed at a time when our town centres need more support than ever before and so does our construction sector which will have a positive knock-on effect on local communities.

‘However, all projects have to be completed, or at least contracts signed, and work started before the end of March next year so it is key that members and communities work together to quickly identify potential projects to ensure we make the most of this opportunity.’