02/01/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/01/2018 04:19
Community Centre car park before work carried out
Conmmunity Centre Car Park after work carried out
Workers on Scottish Water project helps keep Assynt Leisure Centre accessible for all
A team working on a major investment for Scottish Water in West Sutherland have helped a local community upgrade a much needed asset in their town.
Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) are carrying out an upgrade of the water network serving Achmelvich on Scottish Water's behalf, and, as part of plans in leaving a community legacy once the project is complete, residents in nearby Lochinver asked if work could be done to resurface a local car park.
As well as laying a new main from Lochinver to Achmelvich as part of the multi-million pound project, a new pumping station and standby generator have been put in place, and a new clear water tank is also being installed.
David Logan from CWA said:
'While the work carried out was essential, it could not be done without road closures and some disruption for the local community.
'In recognition of this Scottish Water and CWA asked for ideas from the local community where we could leave a positive legacy for the future.
'Several ideas were put forward and the one with the most support was the resurfacing of the community owned leisure centre car park.
'This had been in a state of disrepair for some time and made it difficult for some locals to access the facilities.'
'Our team was more than happy to oblige and carried out repairs to the car park, making the facilities more accessible for everyone.'
Chair of the local Community Council David Slator added:
'The Assynt Community Council is delighted with the resurfaced car park and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Scottish Water and Caledonia Water Alliance for doing this work.'
Gavin Steel from Scottish Water said:
'Our whole team is very grateful for the local community's patience and support while we have been carrying out work in the area. The installation of the new water main has involved significant disruption, but it is hugely important to the future of the communities served.
'As we enter the final stages of our project, we are pleased to be able to make a broader contribution to the continued running of Assynt Leisure Centre by the community for the benefit of everyone in the area.'