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Council cash to help tackle harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Nairnshire within Highland Council's Nairn and Cawdor ward – £25,000 will go to Green Hive to support the development of the Seaman’s Hall Community Hub Project

By Ian Duncan

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Councillor Tom Heggie.
Councillor Tom Heggie.

Council funding will be used to tackle harm caused by Covid-19 in Nairnshire.

In March, Highland Council agreed a £100,000 Place-Based Investment Fund which was allocated to each of the 21 wards throughout the region.

Members of the council’s Nairnshire area committee have now agreed the fund’s allocation within Nairn and Cawdor ward.

Early discussions with local members were able to identify initial priority areas for funding.

They agreed that the funding should go towards:

• A direct funding award of £25,000 to Green Hive to support the development of the Seaman’s Hall Community Hub Project;

• Funding of £10,000 to support and develop sustainable play provision;

• £10,000 to develop wheelchair access to the beach and through portable ramps in town;

• £5000 for projects to improve health and wellbeing outcomes, to be led by the community partnership.

A further report will be brought to members to allocate the remaining funds at a future committee meeting.

Committee chairman, councillor Tom Heggie, said: “The allocation priorities agreed by members were driven by a desire to invest in improved community facilities and refreshed and more accessible recreational areas for the local people of Nairn.

“Once these projects and works are complete I hope this will encourage greater use of outdoor space, deliver positive impacts on communities and address the wellbeing impacts triggered by Covid.”

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