Corpach Marina projects gets £400K festive season boost

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The Thomas Telford Corpach Marina (TTCM Ltd) project received some seasonal good news with confirmation it is to get a grant of £400,000 from the Scottish Government.

Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth Tom Arthur last week confirmed to local MSP Kate Forbes, who had written on behalf of the Caol Regeneration Company to Holyrood mandarins over the issue.

Mr Arthur, who has responsibility for the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which has already supported the Corpach Marina project in the past, told Ms Forbes his officials had recently undertaken a review of all current RCGF projects across Scotland to understand the nature and extent of cost increases and subsequent funding gaps, in order to ensure progress continues to be made.

Mr Arthur told Ms Forbes: ‘I am pleased to confirm that I have now agreed that the Corpach Marina project will be amongst many projects across Scotland that will benefit from a grant uplift from RCGF this year to help them move along to completion.

‘The agreed grant uplift for the Corpach Marina project is £400,000 for this financial
year, which will be directed through Highland Council.

‘I look forward to being updated in due course on the completion of the third phase of the development and how it will realise the many benefits to the local communities as you set out in your letter.’

Ms Forbes told the Lochaber Times: ‘Corpach Marina is an excellent initiative, which has come through many challenging times.

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Local MSP Kate Forbes pictured visiting the marina site last year. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

‘I’m delighted that through my representations as a local MSP, the minister has agreed an additional £400,000 which will allow the project to move to the next critical phase.

‘This is the result of several meetings with all the key stakeholders involved in the initiative. It is a timely and welcome Christmas present for Fort William.’

There are already 66 boat owners who have expressed an interest in a berth in the new marina, which will open, it is hoped, in April – some 200 years after the opening of the nearby Caledonian Canal.

Phase three of the project will see the construction of the breakwaters, pontoons and linkspan at the marina site.

Giving their reaction to the news, the directors of Caol Regeneration Company stuck with the Christmas theme, saying they were are delighted to learn of some ‘great news from the East’ and described Ms Forbes as a ‘shining star’ for her commitment and support to the project for more than four years.

Andy McKenna, chairman of TTCM Ltd, commented: ‘This is what we have been working towards for months and months and it’s a fantastic early Christmas present for everyone involved with the project. We still have a lot of work to do but we will be celebrating the marina opening 200 years after the opening of the Caledonian Canal in 1822.’

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And Donnie Corbett, chairman of Caol Regeneration Company Ltd, praised the ongoing commitment of his volunteer directors and of the team leading the marina project.

He said: ‘Everyone involved has stuck with this over the years, through thick and thin. This announcement takes us much nearer to our goal of realising all the benefits that will flow from the completed marina, slipway and cafe. I want to thank all of them for their determination.’

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Local MSP Kate Forbes pictured visiting the marina site last year. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, NO F31 CORPACH MARINA VISIT 01

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