District News, March 11 2022

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West Kintyre:

Wind farm fund open for applications

Applications are invited for grants from this year’s first round of funding from the West Kintyre Community Council Wind Farm Trust.

Grants may be available for capital or revenue funding to support projects, groups, halls, charities and churches within the West Kintyre Community Council area, ranging from Whitehouse in the north to Kilkenzie in the south.

Advice, details and application forms are available from convener Margaret Pratt by emailing margaretpratt@btinternet.com

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday March 31.

The disbursement meeting will take place Monday April 18 at 7.30pm Tayinloan Village Hall.


Win for Islay school at prestigious film awards

Young filmmakers from Islay High School are celebrating after winning the Best Film (Learners) award at this year’s prestigious FilmG Awards.

FilmG is an annual event organised by MG ALBA, which celebrates Gaelic screen talent and attracts hundreds of applications each year.

This year’s competition culminated in a highly anticipated awards ceremony broadcast on BBC ALBA on Friday, February 25.

Islay’s production, Easga Bhuidhe na Feidh, is about a legendary Islay giantess.

Pupils from the Gaelic 5-7 class at Sandbank Primary School are also celebrating after scooping the Best Film Production award with their production, Coignear Air Chall, about five school friends who go on a spooky journey to Kilmun, one of nearby Dunoon’s historic landmarks.

Councillor Robin Currie, leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said: ‘I had the pleasure of viewing both these short films and I cannot believe the high standard displayed by our young people.

‘Pupils at Sandbank and Islay have helped to put Argyll and Bute on the map through the use of the Gaelic language, and I for one am very, very proud.

‘We are committed to keeping Gaelic alive in Argyll and Bute and our younger generation are helping us to achieve that.’

Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, the council’s policy lead for education, added: ‘Well done to all the young people involved.

‘The FilmG Awards are highly contested, receiving hundreds of applications each year, so it is a huge achievements for not just one, but two of our schools to win. You are a credit to Argyll and Bute.’

The FilmG Awards ceremony is on iPlayer now, and both school’s films are available to view on YouTube.

Funding for Bowmore enhancements

Argyll and Bute Council has confirmed plans to provide funding support for a range of community projects in the area, including £80,000 for ‘public realm enhancements’ in Bowmore town centre.

More than £800,000 from the Scottish Government’s Place Based Investment (PBI) Programme is being channelled into supporting eight new regeneration and restoration projects.

In the first of five annual funding rounds from the programme, the council received an allocation of £821,000 and has confirmed support for projects aimed at enhancing towns across Argyll and Bute communities.

As well as improvement in Bowmore, these include: £80,000 for a region-wide – excluding CARS or BID towns – shopfront improvement scheme; £100,000 for Rothesay Townscape Heritage priority building; £70,000 for improvements to Castle House Gate Lodge, Dunoon; £50,000 landscaping grant to Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust; £163,000 to enhance the surface of Helensburgh masonry pier; £250,000 for public realm improvements in Gibraltar Street, Oban; and £28,000 for Helensburgh Hermitage Park’s Greening The Bothy project.

The news comes as councillors hailed the successful completion of projects supported by the Town Centre Fund, which the new PBI programme replaces.

Over the past two years, Town Centre funding has been allocated to 28 projects across Argyll and Bute.

Among the initiatives supported were Oban Rockfield Centre restoration, Helensburgh Hermitage Park and Community Hub and Wellbeing Centre, Rosneath Howie Park, Rothesay Pontoons, Lochgilphead Front Green, Dunoon bandstand lighting and remedial works and Tobermory harbour wall, railings and floodgate work.

Shopfront improvement projects in various locations including Campbeltown, Tarbert, Tobermory, Bowmore, Dunoon, Helensburgh and Lomond also received funding.

Councillor Robin Currie, leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said: ‘The 28 Town Centre Fund projects have all played their part in helping to make our towns more attractive, healthier and sustainable places to live as well as boosting their profile as tourist destinations and business locations.

‘The projects now being supported by Place Based Investment funding will allow us to build further on the progress we’re making towards creating a successful, sustainable future for Argyll and Bute and delivering a healthy environment for people across our communities.’