Community / Lerwick and Scalloway projects picked for town centre funding

Lerwick's Commercial Street. Photo: Shetland News

SIX projects in Lerwick and Scalloway have been selected to receive funding which has come Shetland’s way as part of a drive to boost town centres across Scotland.

Shetland Islands Council was awarded £205,000 from the new Scottish Government fund earlier this year, with projects from both Lerwick and Scalloway eligible.

A shortlist of projects was initially created but the council’s development director Neil Grant has confirmed six have been picked for funding.

They include the demolition of the former youth centre in Scalloway ahead of possible future redevelopment.

Also progressing is a project to install a public art trail in Lerwick, while the first phase of an upgrade to pedestrian facilities at Church Road has also been picked.

Pedestrian and traffic counters on Lerwick’s Commercial Street to monitor footfall and vehicle movements has also been selected, as has a heritage trail and civic centre improvements in Scalloway.

Grant reminded members of the council’s development committee on Wednesday that the timescales for the funding were tight, with the money needing to be spent by March next year.

The projects had been devised in conjunction with Living Lerwick and the Recreate Scalloway project.

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