Council / Upgrade of Unst boating club building awarded £100k funding

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PLANS to upgrade the Unst boating club facilities have received a £100,000 funding boost.

The grant is coming from Coastal Communities Fund, which is administered by Shetland Islands Council.

Money for the fund comes from revenues from Crown Estate assets, which is passed onto the council. The most recent allocation from the Crown Estate was £1.61 million in December 2022.

A funding application for £100,000 for the Unst clubhouse upgrade was approved by councillors on Wednesday.

The wide-ranging project will include recovering the roof and installing solar panels, improving the car park, adding a laundry room and upgrading windows.

The overall aim is to improve accessibility and allow the building to support a wider range of community uses, including use by visiting yachts and cruise visitors, and to improve sustainability by reducing energy costs.

Match funding has been secured from Shetland Community Benefit Fund, Shetland Charitable Trust, the National Lottery and from private sources.


The full project cost is expected to come to around £276,000.

Meanwhile a number of coastal communities fund applications have also been approved under delegated authority.

It is only applications for funding above £50,000 that requires councillors to have the final the say.

Mid Yell Development Company has been given around £11,200 for the development phase of a project to create a new pier amenity building.

Just under £50,000 is going to an upgrade of the Cunningsburgh Hall car park.

Around £33,000 has been awarded to the Bigton Collective to employ a development manager for the next phase of the Hymhus community building project.

Roughly £11,800 is going to the local restorative justice charity Space2face to undertake a pilot project to develop a small product range created from clients’ artwork.

Around £8,500 has also been awarded to support a feasibility study into whether the Fair Isle community should acquire the local Church of Scotland kirk, which is no longer in use.

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