A long-held dream to create a community hub in Tayport has taken a significant step closer to reality with a major cash boost from the Big Lottery.
The group behind the project, Tayport Community Trust, has expressed delight at receiving £119,023 of lottery funding, which will help pay for the design fees and site reports needed to take forward plans to develop the site of the former Abertay Works in Shanwell Road.
It means the Trust will be able to submit a strong stage two application to the Big Lottery’s Growing Community Assets fund.
Explained Trust chair Tony Gowland: “This development funding does not guarantee the success or otherwise of the planned £1million application, however it will certainly assist the Trust in preparing the strongest case possible.
“Tayport Community Trust is now working with the design team led by Collective Architecture to develop a workable, affordable and sustainable brief that will be presented to the community over the next couple of months.
“The Trust has appointed ‘champions’ for each of the hub strands – community, sports, arts, tourism and business – who will carry out one to one consultations with groups, individuals and other interested parties, as well as assisting in larger open consultation events where everyone will be encouraged to come along and have their say.”
Mr Gowland continued: “This is great news for the Trust’s hopes for developing a better future for Tayport.
“We have been trying to get to this stage for a long time, and we understand that many people think this development will never happen, but this support from the Lottery will hopefully aid us to put an end to over 20 years of waiting.
“We are grateful to the Lottery for their help and support, and to the strong support from the local public and key stakeholder groups over recent times.
“We look forward to presenting the plans to as many people as possible in the next couple of months.
“There still remains a lot of work to do, but in the grand scheme of things, this is the closest that the Trust has been to fulfilling this vision.
“Our new stronger board, together with our development officer and design team, gives us a strong foundation on which to move forwards.”
People in Tayport can keep up to date with developments on the Tayport Community Trust website at www.TayportCT.org.uk where they can also access a membership form to join the Trust for free.
Established in 2008, Tayport Community Trust includes representation and involvement from all the organisations in the town.
It has set up a range of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in Tayport, with one of its biggest success stories being the Harbour Café, a social enterprise community outlet.