Kyle pontoon projects secure £233,000

By next summer the Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust hope to have trebled the size of the pontoons next to Kyle slipway thanks to a £233,000 grant from the European Fisheries Fund.

Trust director Fiona Begg told the Free Press that the community also had to find 10 per cent of the total cost — around £25,000 — to progress the project.

The pontoons will be expanded and reconfigured to increase the number of berths from seven to 22. Ms Begg also said the money would be used to upgrade the public toilets to include a shower and laundry.

“The aim of this project is to increase the number of visitors and leisure craft user who come to Kyle — really to increase marine tourism — which will help regenerate the area,” she added.

The Crown Estate are fully supportive and the trust are in the process of negotiating the final transfer of assets from Highland Council, which agreed at a full council meeting in June to do just that.

Local fundraising, businesses and private trusts will make up the rest of the costs, said Ms Begg, and it was anticipated that work could start by spring of next year.