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Highland Council's Black Isle, Dingwall and Seaforth Committee confirms second tranche of town centre funding to benefit Dingwall, North Kessock Rosemarkie and Fortrose


By Ian Duncan

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Dingwall Town Hall.
Dingwall Town Hall.

Members of Highland Council's Black Isle, Dingwall and Seaforth committee have allocated their share of extra town centre funding.

The Scottish Government has allocated Highland Council an additional £1,066,000 ring-fenced Town Centre Fund (TCF).

Members of the economy and infrastructure committee agreed an area distribution of the grant with the Black Isle, Dingwall and Seaforth Committee given £196,364.

Rosemarkie and Fortrose Trust will get an additional £25,000 to allow them to complete the refurbishment of the public toilets in Rosemarkie and Fortrose.

A total of £100,000 will be invested in Dingwall Town Hall - a key part of this expenditure will be roof repairs and the remaining £71,364 will augment the £30,000 approved in 2019/20 to deliver improvements to the North Kessock A9 layby. Works the funding will cover will include improved lighting to the steps, a waste disposal facility, information/interpretation and white lining of spaces.

As part of the Town Centre Fund requirements works must start in March this year and be completed by September.

Councillor Gordon Adam, the committee chairman, said: “This second tranche of funding is focussed on supporting the construction sector and the projects approved will be key drivers in supporting local tradespeople and contractors.

"This level of investment will really make a difference. I believe all three projects will bring very worthwhile benefits to their local communities and to the many visitors we hope to welcome back to the Highlands when the time is right as part of our recovery from the Covid pandemic.

"There is a tight timescale for work to start and be completed by, so we look forward to regular updates to see how the works are progressing.”

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