Lochaber projects awarded Highland Coastal Communities Fund

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse occupies the most westerly point on the UK mainland.
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse occupies the most westerly point on the UK mainland.

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Eight Lochaber-based projects have been awarded Highland Coastal Communities funding worth £432,032.

The Highland Council’s Lochaber Committee agreed to prioritise projects from remote, rural areas and projects that will alleviate tourism pressures.

One of the successful applicants was the Road to The Isles Facilities Group which was awarded £100,000 for the extension of the beach car park at Tougal.

A group spokesperson said: ‘This will enable us to construct a 60-space car park adjacent to the current 18-space car park (subject to a lease of the land) which in turn will enable Highland Council to then restrict parking on the congested B8008, which has caused so many access issues over the years.

‘This project will not create any more capacity but it will hopefully move vehicles away from where we don’t want them to where we do. This will have benefits to residents and visitors, and will generate an income to the facilities group which will future-proof our other projects and allow us to invest in further ones supporting our aim of creating a welcoming and harmonious relationship between residents and visitors.’

Applications for the Lochaber (HCCF) were oversubscribed, with 11 projects exceeding the total amount of funding available.  The following applications were awarded:

Ardgour Community Council – Ardgour Area Path Network – £10,935
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust – Increasing Infrastructure Resilience and Capacity at the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Complex – £73,650
Eigg Trading – An Laimhrig- Eigg Community Hub Redevelopment (phase 2) – £100,000
Fort William Marina and Shoreline Community Interest Company – Dredging of Foreshore – £70,447
Glencoe and Glen Etive Community Council – Glencoe Village Car Park: Phase 1 Feasibility Study – £12,000
Isle of Canna Community Development Trust – Coroghan Barn Redevelopment Feasibility Study – £15,000
National Trust for Scotland – Sustainable Infrastructure in Glencoe and Glen Etive – £50,000
Road to The Isles Facilities Group – Silver Sands (Tougal) Car Park Improvement – £100,000.

The Highland Coastal Communities Fund is designed to support economic regeneration and sustainable development around coastal areas in Highland. The fund is derived from revenue generated by Scottish Government Crown Estate marine assets.

Projects are expected to prioritise economic recovery, community resilience, mitigate the impact of climate change or address the challenges of rural depopulation. The successful projects will also demonstrate sustainability or viability, value for money, additionality, local support/benefit to their community and evidence the positive impacts for their coastal community/economy.

Applications from Arisaig Community Trust for The Arisaig Aire – £100,000; Bruce Boyd – for Muck Community Store – £14,000; and Caol Regeneration Company for Thomas Telford Corpach Marina – £100,000 were deferred.