In what is double good news for the Campbeltown Town Hall Project, the South Kintyre Development Trust has received nearly £50,000 from the Big Lottery’s Growing Community Assets fund and complementary funding support of £30,000 from Argyll and Bute Council.
The Big Lottery award is development funding. It follows from the project successfully getting through the first stage of application in June. It funds the trust to put together an application for almost £1 million towards the acquisition and refurbishment of the Town Hall as a first class community resource.
The funding from Argyll & Bute Council complements the Lottery funding by ensuring that the project can be financially sustainable after the refurbishment is completed.
The plan is now to have a design team in place by the end of this month, October 2012. Over the next few months, this team will hold ‘meet the designer’ events where the public can have their say on the final design planning for the building.
Trevor Oxborrow, Chair of the South Kintyre Development Trust, says: ‘The funding awarded for the Town Hall Project is excellent news for Campbeltown and underlines the reality of finally having a Community Activity Centre owned by the community itself.
‘It seems that key organisations, not least Argyll and Bute Council, are willing us forward. SKDT are very grateful for their support.
‘The next stage, selecting a design team and lead architects to specify the project for the main funding bid, is absolutely critical.
‘SKDT will need – and will look for – the continued support of local people and organisations.’
After this first stage of development the application with be assessed again by the Big Lottery. If approved at stage two the project can move to the construction phase.
Campbeltown Town Hall is no wallflower but a glorious flourish of a public building that lifts the spirits and refuses to be ignored, jutting out into the line of the buildings on the main street and forcing pedestrians to be aware of it.
It’s like nothing so much as a girl in her best frock at a dance, standing with one foot out and just ahead of the others, certain to be the first to be asked to dance. It’s fun, flirtatious and it promises excitement.
Seeing this catalyst of a building come alive and lift its skirts to a new tune will add centrally to Campbeltown’s lifestyle and confidence in its growth to a sustainable future – in which, from the well used Aqualibrium onwards, Argyll and Bute Council has played a substantial part.