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A £3.5million programme to upgrade and expand the Thomas Telford Corpach Marina in Fort William has moved a step closer following the securement of final funding.
Caol Regeneration Company (CRC), a not-for-profit community organisation, which is co-ordinating the third stage of the project expects the entire marina to be commissioned in August.
This follows earlier development of a car park, public slipway and facilities building, which have been completed over the past two years.
Donald Corbett, chairman of CRC, said: ‘After more than a decade of continuous effort and determination by our team of community volunteers, I am delighted to announce that we are able to proceed with the third and final phase of Corpach Marina.
‘Over the years we have enjoyed the support of many individuals and organisations, for which I’m very grateful. Now that we have the green light for the final phase we are confident it will be a fantastic asset benefitting the people of the area in so many ways.’
The work is being made possible by funding from a number of organisations, including Crown Estate Scotland, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and MOWI Scotland.
In addition to a 40-berth marina and public slipway to launch boats, a community coffee shop and variety of related shore facilities will also be provided.
Simon Hodge, chief executive of Crown Estate Scotland, said: ‘Our commitment of £500,000 of capital investment is for the long-term, and we look forward to playing our part in helping encourage economic development here and with other coastal communities around Scotland.’
The final phase of work will see local company, Gael Force Group Ltd, providing breakwaters and pontoons, which will be assembled at its nearby Corpach boatyard.
Andy McKenna, chairman of Thomas Telford Corpach Marina Ltd, said: ‘There were many occasions when we thought this wonderful facility wouldn’t come to fruition – we were faced with huge funding challenges, a complete redesign of the facility buildings and of course Covid.
‘But we have come through all of that with really positive plans to contribute something big to the local community and to water sports in the area.
‘The focus of the TTCM board is now on making this a success – a brilliant amenity that everyone can be proud of and that provides a truly excellent service to our customers.’
The project’s phase three funders are:
Crown Estate Scotland – £500,000 capital investment
Highland Council – £400,000 through the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, and £100,000 from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund
Highlands and Islands Enterprise – £150,000
MOWI Scotland – £150,000 in kind (repurposed mooring equipment) and cash