Danny Alexander MP, the UK government’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury, visited Bute on Monday to confirm the award of £600,000 towards the renovation of Rothesay Pavilion from the Coastal Communities Fund.
Mr Alexander was given a brief tour of the iconic building during his short visit to Bute, during which he was accompanied by, among others, local MP Alan Reid, Argyll and Bute Council leader Dick Walsh and representatives of the Pavilion project team and community groups who use the building.
The £600,000 award was announced the day before the Heritage Lottery Fund’s board meets to consider an application for almost £3 million for the Pavilion project - the largest single chunk of funding in the building’s regeneration plans.
The Pavilion grant forms part of a £9.58 million funding award from the Coastal Communities Fund to 27 coastal towns and villages across Scotland - of which £2.15m is going to projects in the Argyll and Bute area.
Mr Alexander said: “I created the Coastal Communities Fund because, as someone who grew up on a small island, I know how much difference targeted investment can make to people’s lives. It’s already supported scores of coastal communities throughout Scotland.”
Monday’s award follows hard on the heels of the announcement last week that Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to provide £750,000 towards the Pavilion’s regeneration.
Other financial support confirmed so far for the Pavilion project includes £625,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grants Fund and £500,000 from Historic Scotland, as well as £1.8 million from the building’s owners, Argyll and Bute Council.
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