Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Authority will provide additional funding, and the Harbour Authority and Community Trust both hope that construction of the new facility, on the site of the former Dickie’s Boatyard, will be complete in time for the summer.
Various items of outdoor gym equipment will be installed, and these are likely to include an exercise bike, a rowing machine, and a skiing machine. To supplement these, the Harbour Office now has available for hire a number of sets of boules (French bowls), allowing the game of petanque to be played on the firm-surfaced open space available.
The new training area, adjacent to Barmore Road and Garvel Road, represents the second stage of development of the boatyard site, which was earlier cleared and prepared in late 2009 and early 2010, using monies largely from the Scottish Government‘s Town Centre Regeneration Fund (TCRF) and with the support of Argyll & Bute Council.
The TCRF award enabled the Harbour Authority to purchase the boatyard, demolish the existing structures, and construct a footpath linking the North Pontoons to the village centre and, onwards, towards Tarbert Castle.
In the course of doing so, the Harbour Trustees committed a certain amount of land for amenity use. The first stage saw the provision of picnic tables and shadesails, which have proved popular with both visitors and residents, together with space in which to display to best effect the massive winch recovered from the old boatyard and restored with great care by Community Trust director Robert McPhail.
With the People’s Postcode Trust award, co-operation between local organisations has once again proved crucial to the success of a funding application.
Partners on this occasion were the Community Trust, the Harbour Authority, and Jog Scotland (Tarbert). In addition, a number of local arts, fitness, and youth groups were consulted, and there can be no doubt that their views added weight to the final application.
Alan Macdonald, Chairman of the Harbour Authority’s Board of Trustees said: “The Board is delighted to have worked with the Community Trust and Tarbert Jog Scotland to provide another worthwhile facility for the village. We look forward to improving the area further and would welcome suggestions from other community groups as to what facilities would be of benefit.”
Harbour Master Peter Bates explained that the surface is an ideal one on which to play petanque, and he highlighted the existence of national co-ordinating bodies in the UK as evidence of growing interest in the sport.
Speaking on behalf of the Community Trust, Robert McPhail said: “The co-operation between the various community groups, to develop the project, is another achievement for the Tarbert Community Plan – the objectives of which provided the necessary support for the success of the funding application.”
Frances Hardie, “Active Schools” Sports Co-ordinator, led the consultation process for the project. She commented: “I’m very pleased with this new keep-fit facility in the village.”