Harris “hub” plan awarded £1 million

Plans for a community hub on Harris have been awarded over £1 million in lottery funding, it was announced this week.

The West Harris Trust secured a total of £1,090,247 through the Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Growing Community Assets programme to construct a community enterprise centre at Rubha Romagaidh in Horgabost. The centre will provide a hub for community and social enterprise activities and will feature a hall, cafe and treatment room as well as flexible office and studio space that can be leased by the arts and creative industries.

The site will also include a marquee on an outdoor deck, three campervan stances, community poly-tunnels and a children’s play area. It will create new jobs in addition to hosting events and providing services that will benefit the local community and its economy, with the trust intending to attract new young families to the area.

Welcoming the news, West Harris Trust chairman Murdo Mackay said: “This extremely generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund completes the funding package for this ambitious project. It is a major milestone in the trust’s work and the project will play a key role in retaining and attracting new people and businesses to live and work in West Harris.”

His fellow director, Neil Campbell, added: “West Harris, although small in size, has big ambitions to become a better place with increased population, more young families and local jobs. The completed centre will be a beacon of regeneration at the heart of a community that is renewing itself.”