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Bonanza as Sutherland councillors allocate coastal funding


By Caroline McMorran

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SUTHERLAND councillors have today allocated more than £700,000 – the county's share of the new Highland Coastal Communities Fund – to groups across the area.

Members of Sutherland County Committee considered 21 bids for funding totalling £1.2 million at a special online meeting this morning.

A scheme to replace an existing breakwater at Golspie was one of the projects to receive funding from the new Highland Coastal Communities Fund.
A scheme to replace an existing breakwater at Golspie was one of the projects to receive funding from the new Highland Coastal Communities Fund.

Committee chairman Richard Gale said at the outset: “The majority of the applications come from voluntary organisations which shows how much people are committed to working for their communities.”

Councillors agreed to slash the maximum grant from £100,000 to £80,000 in order to spread the funding further.

Bids from four groups were rejected – Plastic@Bay (£178,750 to track plastic pollution); Golspie Golf Club (£22,240 for a clubhouse refurbishment); Helmsdale and District Development Group (£35,000 for a renovation of the Old Bank building); and Dornoch Free Church (£50,000 for a renovation project).

Cllr Gale said difficult decisions had had to be made.

The following bids were successful, although some groups received less funding than requested: Assynt Leisure (£68,230 for the Cludgie Project); Helmsdale and District Development Group (£19,298 towards a multi-use games area); Scourie Community Development Company (£80,000 for its Scourie Rocks project); East and Central Sutherland CAB (£11,068 for a new post); Clyne Heritage Society (£52,000 for the Old Clyne School project); Brora Primary Parent Council (£25,000 for a play park renovation); Dornoch Area Community Interest Company (£80,000 towards its car/coach/motorhome park); Kinlochbervie Community Company ( £6220 for a slow tourism scheme); Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (£71,678 for tourism infrastructure); Kinlochbervie Playing Field Association (£37,724 for a playing field); Skerray Harbour (£10,000 for harbour works); Skerray village hall (£15,000 for refurbishment); the Assynt Foundation (£26,980 for road improvements; Go Golspie (£80,000 for a breakwater and £61,000 for the YMCA hall restoration; Brora and District Action Group (£52,000 for Brora Vision scheme); Helmsdale Development Group (£4200 for e-bikes).

County allocated major share of new coastal fund


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