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Community Hub plans receive a boost

Released: 4 July 2014

Tayport Community Trusts plans to bring a multi-faceted Community Hub to the town have received a boost, by being moved forward to Stage 2 of an application process to the Big Lottery's Growing Community Assets fund. This application for £1million is a large slice of the initial £3.5million needed to get this project up and running.

Although being moved to Stage 2 and the chance to apply for initial Development Funding is a positive step, it doesn't guarantee that the funding will be received. But it opens up the way for the Trust to recommission a design team and to move to gaining formal permission for the plans. These plans involve redeveloping the former Abertay Works site on the Shanwell Road that has lain derelict for over 20 years.

There is a lot to do over the next 12 months before submitting the Stage 2 application, but the Trustees, along with their Development Officer, are committed to making this work for the benefit of everyone in and around Tayport.

Chair of the Trust, Fiona Bissett, said "this a huge boost not just for the Trust but for Tayport as a whole. This development has been talked about for a long time and many people had begun to think it wouldn't happen. Now, although we still have a lot to do before being able to be formally considered for the funds we need, this is a very important step and confirms the need for this development. The planned Community Hub, incorporating Sports, Community, Arts, Tourism and Business strands, will provide much needed services and provision for the people of Tayport right on their doorstep, plus it will give more people a reason to come to this lovely coastal town."

Over the coming months, the Trust will be organising a number of events to keep the local public up to date and involved with developments. This will start with a presence at the Ferryport Gala on 9 August at which the latest plans will be on display along with details of how people can get involved. This involvement includes the Trusts need to recruit some additional volunteer trustees with specific skills including building development, legal and HR.

More details on the current plans can be found on the Tayport Community Trust website at www.TayportCT.org.uk.


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