Projects in Oban and Tobermory are to benefit from £1.2 million of cash set aside by the Scottish Government to improve town centres.
Argyll and Bute Council confirmed yesterday that two projects in Oban and a third on Mull will benefit from a share of £1.2million allocated to the local authority from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund.
The Rockfield Centre, a community hub in the heart of the town, will be allocated £90,000, while £44,000 has been earmarked for the Oban Town Centre interpretation signage, a BID4Oban project.
£150,000 will go to the first phase of the Tobermory harbour and public realm enhancements.
All three projects will be allocated the funding as set out in the Scottish Government Town Centre Capital Fund – Project List report that went before the recent meeting of the full council last month.
Yesterday’s announcement follows news last month that eight other projects across Argyll and Bute have also been allocated a share of the fund.
The Rockfield Centre will be allocated £90,000, while £44,000 has been earmarked for the Oban Town Centre interpretation signage. And £150,000 will go to the first phase of the Tobermory Harbour and Public Realm enhancements.
Councillor Elaine Robertson, chairwoman of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area committee, said: “We have considered fully how best to use this funding for the Oban Lorn and the isles (OLI) area and all members of the area committee have agreed that these three projects should be awarded the funds that they need.
“This is great news for the OLI area and I look forward to seeing the work come to fruition.”
Addressing concerns raised by the promoter of Oban Live, about one of the town’s existing assets at Mossfield Stadium, Mrs Robbertson continued: “Going forward, we will look to identify other potential sources of funding for enhancements to Oban’s Mossfield Stadium.”