Lochaber Area Committee met today (Monday 7 March 2022) for a special meeting and Members agreed to allocate £100,000 from the areas £450,818.12 Highland Coastal Communities Fund (HCCF) to the Thomas Telford Corpach Marina.
During 2021 Members deferred three applications for funding.
All deferred applicants were contacted to ascertain if sufficient progress had been made to allow them to resubmit their application, Thomas Telford Corpach Marina resubmitted an application.
The funding will allow the final start up works to be completed and the marina is expected to open to the public in time for the summer season 2022.
The Highland Coastal Communities Fund is a fund designed to support economic regeneration and sustainable development around coastal areas in Highland.
The fund is derived from revenue generated by Scottish Government Crown Estate marine assets.
HCCF 2022 funding will open to new applications later this year.
Interim Lochaber Area Committee Chair, Cllr Allan Henderson said:
“The Thomas Telford Corpach Marina project offers a much-needed asset to both locals and visitors.
“The project which is in its final phase has been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and other global factors that have contributed to rising costs.
“The Highland Coastal Communities Fund will support the financial shortfall and allow for the project to complete the final start up processes and aims to open to the public in July 2022.
“The project which from inception has been driven by community volunteers is a testament to all involved.
“It was an ambitious undertaking and at times an arduous journey, however the rewards are to be commended and the legacy of the marina can be enjoyed for many years to come.”
The expected breakdown of the final set-up costs are as follows:
Finishing/landscaping, roads, parking and walkways to a durable standard – £67,200
Lighting installations – £10,000
All car park, marina safety and building signage- £2500
Fit-out equipment for the cafe and facilities building – £10,550
General marina kit such as lifesaving apparatus, VHF communications – £5,200
Digital, cloud-based marina operation software and online payment gateway -£4550
Total project costs – £100,000