Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron has welcomed new funding to help Inspire Inveraray bring Inveraray’s historic pier into community ownership.
Following the recent Spring Budget Statement, the UK Government announced that it would provide financial support for the local project from its Community Ownership Fund, along with several other Scottish projects.
£44,000 of funding has been allocated to the project, which Donald Cameron MSP described as a “major boost” for Inspire Inveraray’s goal of bringing the pier back into public use.
The funding follows a similar commitment from the Scottish Government in January, adding to the £32,000 already raised by the local community.
Inspire Inveraray has said it needs to raise £100,000 to buy the pier from the current owner, and to carry out much needed remedial repairs.
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron said:
“This additional funding from the Chancellor represents another step forward for Inspire Inveraray, and it will help bring this much-loved historic site back into public use.
“Communities often know best how to run and maintain sites and facilities in their area, and the UK-wide Community Ownership Fund is designed to provide the support to help local groups do just that.
“I am delighted that the UK Government has selected this project from no doubt hundreds of other bids, and it certainly represents a major boost for the local community and the wider area.”