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A bid to restore the derelict Inveraray Community Hall received a boost last weekend as £8,000 additional funding was announced – and the area’s MP has described the bid as ‘essential’.

 

 

The £2m project to restore the 1907 former school building is being undertaken by the Inveraray Community Company, which held a public consultation day on Saturday (January 23) which showed the work done so far.

 

Inveraray Church Hall, across the road from the community hall, saw a steady stream of people examining architects’ drawings and plans, and completing questionnaires.

 

A former church on the community hall site was converted to a public school around 1809, and in 1907 the old building was demolished to make way for a new school house. A new school opened elsewhere in Inveraray in 1962. The community hall fell into disuse in 2008 and recent inspections noted the poor state of the building.

 

It is currently on the Scottish Buildings at Risk register.

 

Saturday saw an announcement of £8,000 funding for the project from Awards for All to add to £13,000 already received towards early stages of the renovation.

 

Community company chair Adrian Davis said: “There is great interest in the project; all three Mid-Argyll councillors, the former MP and the current MP have been here today.”

 

Mr Davis explained that the early funding is to examine different options for a new community hall and to begin the legal process of acquiring it for the community.

 

The existing building does not have the floor space for some of the sporting activities planned for it, so the board of the community company hopes to retain the existing façade, with a new building behind it.

 

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara said: “I admire people who lead projects like this.

 

“A new community hall in Inveraray is essential – I can’t think of another community this size in Argyll and Bute that doesn’t have one.

 

“I have said to the board that if they need any help they just have to get in touch.”

 

Mr Davis described Saturday’s meeting as a ‘publicity and learning exercise’

 

He continued: “People coming today are filling in information sheets after they have looked at the choices. These will give us valuable feedback.”

 

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