Cumbrae is set for a green revolution after new funding was awarded to help the island reach net-zero.

The UK Government has announced the Islands Green Programme will provide around £450,000 to Cumbrae and Arran to ‘accelerate the path towards net-zero and boost the island’s Covid-19 recovery’.

Westminster says the programme will boost the economic recovery and renewal of coastal communities.

Cllr Alex Gallagher, portfolio holder for the islands, has welcomed the news and says it will allow North Ayrshire Council to improve the island on several fronts.

He explained: “It is exciting to see investment which can aimed at improving our island services and battle depopulation and stagnation while achieving our aims of Community Wealth Building and net zero carbon emissions.

“Along with the planned Cumbrae Island Plan, the new money will enable island communities and businesses to try out new ideas and new approaches, identifying potential business opportunities, decarbonisation solutions and consider wider environmental aspects.

“In this way we will facilitate the path to net zero.

West of Scotland MSP Jamie Greene says he will fight to make sure the island is not left behind following the pandemic.

He said: “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Cumbrae’s economy and it’s great news that the UK Government plans to put the island front and centre of their recovery agenda.

“This funding will be allocated to specific projects that will help create jobs, support businesses and improve the island’s green credentials."