Skye communities to benefit from town centre funding

Cllr John Gordon, Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee cathraiche.

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Three community projects on the Isle of Skye will benefit from a total of £56,104 to help deliver economic stimulus in Broadford and Portree.

Highland councillors at the Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee unanimously approved allocation of grants from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Funding (TCF) scheme.

Broadford and Strath Community Company will receive £28,052 to supplement its  2019/20 TCF award of £99,483 to provide new public toilets in the town.

Portree and Braes Community Trust was awarded £9,000 for three new stainless steel notice boards to advertise local businesses, yielding a small income for the trust. Any profit from advertising sales will be invested in the trust’s ‘clean up club’ which helps provide village street furniture, signs and path improvement work.

Portree Community Centre will get £19,052 to refurbish the small hall with a view to renting it out as a business unit and/or for private, business or community events. The work will include the renovation of the disabled toilet for public use when events are held at the nearby playing field.

Councillor John Gordon, Isle of Skye and Raasay Committee, Cathraiche, said: ‘We agreed in November last year to provisionally award the allocation equally between Broadford and Strath Community Company and Portree and Braes Community Trust.

‘I am delighted now, along with my colleagues, to approve these three town centre funded projects which will be a much-needed boost to communities providing construction activity and work in the area.

‘The projects chosen have been agreed upon their eligibility and deliverability within the tight timeframe along with their ability to provide community benefit and economic boosters as quickly as possible.’

Projects need to start by the end of March and the grant must be spent by the end of September.