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Glendale Community Hall on Skye has been awarded £25,014 in funding from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund (HCCF) by The Highland Council’s Skye and Raasay Area Committee.
Meeting last week, the committee received a total of £505,492 of Crown Estates revenues for distribution within the Skye area from a total £3,034,703 awarded to The Highland Council.
The Glendale Community Hall award is the last project to benefit from this round of HCCF Skye and Raasay Area funding.
Committee chairman, Councillor John Gordon, said it was great that this type of funding is available to Highland coastal communities and that the committee can enable the remainder of the funding to be awarded to the Glendale Community Hall.
‘We look forward to the upgrades being made to the hall and providing better public toilets for visitors and residents,’ he added.
‘I would like to thank all the applicants for the time and effort they put into submitting applications. These individuals have given up their own time in support of their local community and we thank them for this.’
Education Committee chairman, Councillor John Finlayson, said having been involved in discussions with the Glendale community for a number of years about this issue, he knew it would help to support tourism across the area.
‘There are some exciting projects which have been awarded funding and Glendale Community Hall will add to the great progress local communities can make because of the fund. I look forward to seeing the Glendale Community Hall improvements further developed in the near future,’ said Councillor Finlayson.
Committee member, Councillor Callum MacLeod, commented: ‘I’d echo the sentiments of fellow members and agree that the HCCF has enabled significant improvements within the coastal areas of Skye and Raasay.
‘The improved facilities and opening times will allow us to better provide for the increase in visitor numbers to the area.’
The Glendale Community Hall improvements project is to allow the hall toilets to be open to the public throughout the season and to install additional infrastructure in the community hall and upgrade fixtures and fittings in the toilets.
There will also be installation of additional exterior lighting and CCTV to monitor access to the hall and to deter the disposal of camper van grey waste into the sewage system, which is not designed to accept this form of waste.
In addition, there will be an upgrade existing fixtures and fittings in the toilets from a domestic type to those of a more robust design which will cope with the increase in usage.
Included in the costings is a review of the current sewage system with a view to making is sustainable for future use. At present they only have a licence for a 10-person tank.
Chairman of the Isle of Skye and Raasay Area Committee, Councillor John Gordon.