£2.8m Town Hall Project Funding Success

VOLUNTEER community activists at Whithorn have been commended by the local MP on their latest success.


Alister Jack praised the team behind the redevelopment of the historic Royal Burgh's New Town Hall on reaching their £2.8 million target.


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Members of the All Roads Lead to Whithorn charitable trust have confirmed that their four-year effort to complete a portfolio of funders has been successfully completed.


They plan to announce details of the final substantial contribution later in the spring. 


The trust has also revealed that south-west Scotland based 3b Construction, which has a depot at Port William and employs local craftsmen, has been awarded the contract after a tendering process.


The restoration retains original front features of the building but inside involves a major reconstruction completed to modern environmental standards, featuring a community hall, kitchens and a well-equipped mezzanine sports and fitness floor.


At the rear of the complex will be a purpose-built bunkhouse providing affordable accommodation for visitors, including walkers and cyclists completing the 149-miles Whithorn Way, which begins at Glasgow Cathedral.


Mr Jack, who is also Scottish Secretary, has over a period of time written letters in support of the project and helped put the group in touch with potential funding organisations.


He said: "The trust members and their company secretary Julia Muir-Watt have worked tirelessly to take this project forward, which I know was extremely challenging at times.


"I'm absolutely delighted that work has been rewarded with construction set to begin in June and could be completed as soon as late next year.


"The project preserves a landmark building in Whithorn but will also be a great community asset and further visitor attraction in this scenic and historically significant part of my constituency."


Meanwhile, All Roads Lead to Whithorn are progressing an ambitious second project, costing £500,000, to create two energy efficient homes within the shell of the town's former Grapes Hotel.