THE project to breathe new life into Millport Town Hall is in line for a major cash boost from the Scottish Government.

The charity has been successful at the first stage of a £1.5 million bid for funding, after being put forward by North Ayrshire Council as their number one application to the government’s regeneration fund.

The size of any award will not be known until early next year but volunteers are hopefully it will help them move to the next stage of the overhaul.

Treasurer John McNeilly said: “The prospect of a six-figure capital regeneration sum to the Isle of Cumbrae is an exciting one - and sustainable economic benefits are just what is needed right now.

“The local environment will be improved, with a derelict building restored to a vibrant community facility, benefitting both residents and visitors and supporting the tourist industry here.”

A spokesperson for the charity added: “Thanks are due to North Ayrshire Council and our local councillors for their ongoing support.

“What is already seen as an important project is even more relevant as the Covid-19 crisis highlights the desperate need for a facility from which local support services can be delivered.

“The development of a fit for purpose indoor space for the community and an attraction for tourists can only help deliver social and economic benefits for all.”

The regenerated town hall is expected to create employment opportunities, skills, learning activities and volunteering opportunities for locals.

Island groups have rallied round the project as it moves forward, with many looking to move into the hall when it is complete.

A spokesperson from Cumbrae Community Development Company said: “We place huge value in the developing and improving of our community assets for locals and visitors to our island.

“It is especially important, in light of covid-19 and the affects the pandemic has had on businesses and individuals that our community continues to work together through this difficult time.”

A spokesperson for the Cumbrae Gardening Club said: “Our whole community would benefit enormously from our town hall being renovated and returned to us fit for purpose.

“We fully endorse the project and look forward to the hall being reinstated to its rightful place at the heart of Millport life.”