THE WATERFRONT in Skeld has received a major funding boost of over £40,000 to help attract an increasing number of visitors.
Skeld Waterfront Trust will use £41,308 – the largest of the 29 grants awarded by Shetland Islands Council – to help build an amenities block with showers and toilets.
The building will be used by visitors to the waterfront’s campsite and caravan park, which the trust has run since it opened in 2003.
As well as a laundry and drying room, the unit will also feature a food preparation area and a chemical waste disposal unit.
Trustee Josephine Scott said she was “really pleased” with the investment, and added visitors had come to expect proper amenities after staying at campsites down south.
“Our first season was in 2004 and it’s been steadily increasing the whole time. The number of visitors is increasing each year,” she said.
The Skeld grant was the biggest part of £99,931 awarded to voluntary organisations throughout Shetland from the SIC and Shetland Charitable Trust during July.
The assistance was administered by the council’s grants unit, which supports the work of the education and social care department’s sport and leisure service and community work team, and also acts as agents for the charitable trust.
The total cost of the projects was £177,622.01, with match funding of £77,691.01 being secured from other sources. The projects, managed by volunteers, are judged to significantly improve the quality of life for all living in Shetland and support the local economy.
Other grants awarded include – North Unst Public Hall: for design work towards the proposed hall refurbishment; cost £20,582.65; grant £15,000.
Sandness Public Hall: to assist with the costs of undertaking detailed design work for the planned refurbishment; cost £19,085; grant £15,000.
1st Sandwick/Cunningsburgh Boys’ Brigade: to enable members to participate in a Queen’s Badge training course in Aviemore, 25th to 30th September; cost £724.19; grant £543.
Delting Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club: to help send members to two competitions – Northern District Age Group Championships in Inverness and Forres Bluefins Meet – cost £2,210; grant £1,500.
Hillswick Public Hall: to replace seven windows, including buying, fitting and finishing; cost £3,589.15; grant £1,000.
Lerwick Yoga Club: towards holding a yoga seminar from 26th to 28th September; cost £374; grant £187. Shetland Indoor Bowling Club junior section: to help nine juniors participate in a competition in Aberdeenshire; cost £1,161.04; grant £656.
Shetland Junior Windsurfing Club: towards bringing Jim Collis to Shetland to hold a four-day instructors’ course and purchasing junior boards, rigs, harnesses and lines; cost £4,075; grant £3,056.
Shetland Karate Club (seniors): to assist with the annual programme of visiting tutors and training events on the mainland; cost £4,175; grant £2,000.
Shetland Sailing Centre: to help run a dinghy instructors’ course and a senior instructors’ course; cost £2,700; grant £1,350.
Shetland Triathlon Club: to assist with the travel and accommodation costs of competing in the Aberfeldy Triathlon; cost £2,392.80; grant £1,000.
Shetland Windsurfing Club: towards bringing an instructor to Shetland to carry out two days of coaching, and to purchase a waterproof video camera; cost £1,854; grant £927.
Whitedale Youth Club: to purchase new equipment for the club including a vacuum cleaner, X Box 360, Nintendo Wii, games, controllers for consoles and a digital camera; cost £1,206.87; grant £905.
Whalsay Senior Leisure Club: annual running costs; cost £2,195; grant £1,549.
Yell Friendship Club: annual running costs; cost £2,360.51; grant £1,334.
Maggie Adamson: towards participating in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland summer training course, which includes a number of performances on the UK mainland; cost £773; grant £386.
Maggie Adamson: towards participating in the 2008 Hebridean Celtic Festival in Stornoway; cost £226.90; grant £113.
1st Sandwick/ Cunningsburgh Company Boys’ Brigade: annual running costs; total £1,800; grant £839.
Delting Dolphins Amateur Swimming Club: annual running costs; total £1,350; grant £675.
Delting Football Club (junior section): annual running costs; total £3,800; grant £1,900.
Shetland Indoor Bowling Club (junior section): annual running costs; total £830; grant £275.
Shetland Karate Club (juniors): annual running costs; total £3,200; grant £553.
South Mainland Amateur Swimming Club: annual running costs; total £5,650.60; grant £2,825.
Tingwall Youth Club: annual running costs; total £3,930; grant £918.
Unst Junior Football Association: annual running costs; total £913.50; grant £236.
Whalsay Junior Netball Club: annual running costs; total £2,570; grant £1,241.
Whalsay Junior Trampolining Club: annual running costs; total £2,425; grant £1,062.
Whitedale Youth Club: annual running costs; total £3,359; grant £1,593.