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Kasia putting Millport on map

Posted on 18 May 2020
A COUNCIL employee is missing Millport so much she’s set up a website for people to share their pictures and memories of the island.

Kasia Smith is part of the team working on the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) on the island.

CARS is a grant programme providing financial assistance for regeneration of historic properties and to improve streetscape by restoring traditional shopfronts and architectural details within designated area of Millport Conservation Area.

But the Covid-19 pandemic has put things on hold – and prevented Kasia from visiting the island.

So the regeneration officer has set up a StoryMap which takes visitors on a virtual tour with pictures and detail of landmarks, buildings and areas of interest.

Kasia is now looking to capture as much as possible – and looking for help from islanders, regular visitors and anyone with an interest in the picturesque setting.

She said: “Obviously I was very fortunate to work on the island and be involved in this really exciting regeneration programme. The lockdown has stopped us in our tracks and I’m missing being there.

“I miss the stunning views which change magically throughout the day, the amazing local heritage, which I’m restoring through my project, and, of course, the wonderful local community. To help me reconnect with this unique place, I’ve gathered all my photographs on a dedicated story map – My Millport.  I would now love to share it with you all, residents, holiday makers and all who love the place. Take a virtual tour around the island and upload your photographs. Share your memories and interesting facts so that we can come together and enjoy it while we cannot visit it. Let’s grow this virtual archive of our remarkable little island.”

 You don’t need to register to the site and can upload pictures easily. Check out http://millportcars.org.uk/my-millport/