£250k grant for hall plans

Eyemouth Town Hall
Eyemouth Town Hall

Eyemouth’s proposed social innovation centre has moved a step closer to becoming a reality after landing a £250,000 grant.

Eyemouth and District Community Trust was handed the grant by the Robertson Trust towards the cost of the renovation of the old town hall, a former Scottish Borders Council contact centre and office for legal firm Wood and Muir.

The plan is to convert the buildings into an eco-innovation centre comprising a business incubation and information hub, community meeting space and resource centre, conference and function space, lettable offices, social enterprise kitchen, café and shop.

The community trust is also developing the Splash area it leases from Eyemouth Harbour Trust in Harbour Road, and part of the Robertson Trust cash will go towards that project as well.

“Following on from a visit by Stewart McGregor, who expressed his huge support for both the Eyemouth social innovation centre project and the Splash project, which currently operates at Harbour Road, we received the news that the Robertson Trust had shown their confidence in both projects and have granted this very generous amount of funding,” said a spokesperson for the community trust.

Planning permission for the conversion has already been given, and an £82,500 grant from the National Lottery’s Scottish Land Fund in October last year allowed the community trust to buy the Burgh Chambers adjoining the town hall.