Lochaber projects invited to bid for Town Centre Fund investment

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Lochaber communities are being urged to bid for money to improve their town centres.

The invitation, from members of The Highland Council’s Lochaber Area Committee, follows the annnouncement on November 4 at the council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee that extra funding has been made available from the Scottish Government to boost town centres.

Lochaber has been allocated £84,156 and it was agreed decisions on who will get the cash boost will be made at area committee level.

Councillor Andrew Baxter, Lochaber area committee chairman said: ‘The Scottish Government’s Town Centre Funding is welcome at a time of economic crisis. It will help provide construction activity and stimulate employment in the area, offering a confidence boost to our communities at a very difficult time.’

He added: ‘There is a tight turnaround and it vital communities get their bids in promptly. Lochaber councillors look forward to seeing the improvements this investment will bring.’

The grant can be spent on council, public, community-based or private sector projects in the town centres of Fort William, Caol, Banavie and Corpach. Social enterprises or community organisations will be eligible if they are companies limited by guarantee/shares.

As decided by the Scottish Government, the grant must be for physical projects which means only certain types of projects can be funded. For example, the spending must be a ‘one-off’ and result in the construction or improvement of an asset such as a building or an area of land.

Applications to the fund must be submitted no later than 9am on Monday December 14. More information and an application form can be found on the council’s website. Proposals will be considered at the Lochaber Area Committee on Monday January 18.


CAPTION; The grant can be spent on council, public, community-based or private sector projects in the town centres of Fort William, above, Caol, Banavie and Corpach. F49 Fort William High Street