With the community asset transfer from North Ayrshire Council now complete and keys in hand, a local charity is ramping up plans to restore Millport’s landmark location.
Formed by a range of community groups and partners who have come together, Friends of Millport Town Hall charity was established with an aim of breathing new life into the Town Hall that has been closed for the last five years.
Council Leader Joe Cullinane visited the Isle of Cumbrae last week to learn more about the charity’s ambitious renovation plans.
Due for completion in early summer 2022, restoration works include a new accessible entrance and the creation of multi-use flexible spaces incorporating a Community Hub, Arts and Culture Centre, starter Men’s Shed, main staged hall and three holiday let flats.
A second phase will see a Heritage and Conservation Centre in the basement.
A great deal of preparatory work has already taken place over the past three years and the Council’s Community Investment Fund (CIF) has committed £200,000 ensuring the charity can take ownership of the Town Hall.
And earlier this year Millport Town Hall charity celebrated a milestone victory securing £1.5 million Scottish Government Funding from the Regeneration Capital Trust Fund with a further £15,000 from the North Ayrshire Ventures Trust (NAVT).
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