Four projects to receive share of £250,000 town centres funding

The Highland Council has announced that four projects in the region have been awarded a collective total of more than £250,000 from the Scottish Government’s town centre funding pot.

Works on the projects are required to have commenced by the end of March 2021, with the awarded grant spent by the end of September.

Inverness high street is set to benefit from £34,500 of the funding awarded to The Highland Council to help improve the environmental aesthetics of the area and make it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.

The local authority’s shopfront improvements project - forming part of a wider £10m redevelopment programme - also received a further £113,000 in funding.

Glen Urquhart Community Council was also allocated £75,000 to demolish a former shop building as part of plans to work with The Highland Council and Highland Housing Alliance to repurpose the adjacent land for affordable housing.

Final refurbishments of a pavilion in Inverness was awarded the remaining £30,000 funding.

Cllr Helen Carmichael, Provost and Leader of Inverness and Area, said: “Inverness councillors welcome this town centre funding from the Scottish Government which aims to stimulate local construction activity and support employment in these very difficult Covid-19 times of economic crisis.

“The projects chosen have been agreed upon their eligibility and deliverability within the tight timeframe of 31 March 2021.

“These shovel-ready projects will provide community benefit and economic boosters as quickly as possible using the funding.”

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