Perthshire Timeshare plan promises jobs

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Timeshare plan promises jobs
A MULTI-MILLION pound timeshare project could create new jobs and bring much-needed facilities to Highland Perthshire.

The ambitious £2 million project would see up to 10 part-time and full-time jobs created in Fearnan, near Aberfeldy. Business partners Heather Howard and Dudas Kerr have applied to Perth and Kinross Council for permission to demolish the Tigh-an-Loan Hotel on the banks of Loch Tay. They plan to replace it with 30 timeshare cottages and an ancillary building which will include an office, restaurant, bar, minimarket and gymnasium. Mrs Howard and Mr Kerr say that since the early 1900s the Tigh-an-Loan has been operated without any investment or maintenance in the hotel building. They claim that this means that the site "now warrants complete demolition and a rebuild to keep up with modern touristic demands". Their statement added: "The main building is intended to house a restaurant and bar, leisure facilities, reception and administration offices and also a shop, which will replace the Fearnan village shop that recently closed down. "We feel this Highland Perthshire location is an ideal opportunity to replace a tired, rundown collection of buildings with a destination to attract visitors from all over the world yet still give the village of Fearnan the heart that it has lost in the past." PLANS were lodged this week for the replacement Letham St Mark's Church in Perth. The new church building, which will take up less space on the existing site, has been designed to offer a raft of facilities for the community. Only the land which faces directly on to Rannoch Road is being used for the new two-storey building. As well as the church on the ground floor, there is also a kitchen, creche, toilets, and main hall. On the first floor there is a circulation activity area and four meeting rooms. SEVERAL Perth and Kinross businesses are looking for permission to expand premises. Callum Walker Interiors in Inveralmond Trading Estate has lodged plans for a single-storey extension to its showroom and an increase in parking space, using the blocked-off road in front of the building. In Feus Road, Perth, Sidey Glaziers is looking to reduce the factory space and replace parts of it with a larger showroom and offices. And in Kinross D Sands Ltd proposes building a distribution depot and office space in Bridgend Industrial Estate. Simon Wake of Crieff has applied for permission to convert an existing store at 22 Gavelmore Street in the town into a new cafe.

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