Swinney and Wishart welcome Rannoch Community Trust funding
Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney, and Perth and North Perthshire MP, Mr Pete Wishart, have today welcomed news that the Rannoch Community Trust (RCT) have secured £134,660 of funding from the Scottish Land Fund (SLF).
The funding will facilitate the purchase and regeneration of the Kinloch Rannoch Outdoor Centre, with a view to turning the building into a community hub. The news follows Perth and Kinross Council’s decision to approve the transfer of the Outdoor Centre to RCT for £75,000. The funding from SLF includes £123,260 of capital funding to cover the purchase price plus associated legal and other fees as well as a contribution towards essential repairs, and £11,400 of revenue funding to help with initial set up costs including specialist business development support and training.
Commenting, Mr Swinney said:
“I am thrilled to hear that Rannoch Community Trust have been successful in their application for funding.
“The transformation of the disused outdoor centre into a community hub will have a profound impact on the local community, offering a variety of services for both residents and visitors. It is particularly exciting that a pub will be included on the premises, meaning that locals will now have a place to meet and socialise within Kinloch Rannoch.
“I look forward to once more visiting with the team when circumstances allow, and I will continue to offer any support I can in their efforts to secure further funding.”
Mr Wishart added:
“This is great news for the Rannoch and Tummel community.
“The Outdoor Centre is a building of significant size and potential, and it was a shame to see it lying unused. In addition to providing employment opportunities, this project will have a galvanising effect on the local area. I warmly congratulate the team at RCT who have worked so hard to make this happen.”
As well providing a base for local community activities and services, the hub will also operate a number of income generating enterprises including a pub serving drinks and bar meals, bunkhouse style guest accommodation, and office and meeting space hire.
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