Efforts to set up a heritage centre in Gourock have been boosted after cash was approved for a dedicated officer to work on a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Inverclyde councillors agreed that £10,000 can be put towards the post, with match-funding expected from regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde.

The plan is to house the centre in two rooms on the first floor of the former Gourock Municipal Buildings which are currently being refurbished for use as a business centre. Dental firm Weir & McClafferty have been confirmed as a tenanton the ground floor.

The chairman of Gourock town centre regeneration forum, Councillor Ronnie Ahlfeld, has put together a group of interested individuals and organisations to progress the heritage centre idea. He said he had been overwhelmed by their enthusiasm for the project.

He added: "The funding will allow us to have a dedicated person engaged to pursue finance and be the focal person for our group. This is the most important and positive step so far in terms of moving our project forward."

Renovation of the building started in April 2016 and is progressing well. Completion is likely in late autumn.

Source: Inverclyde Now

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