Progress on Polmont whisky distillery raises spirits

Progress is being made on the new whisky distillery in Polmont which is set to create 80 jobs in the area
Progress is being made on the new whisky distillery in Polmont which is set to create 80 jobs in the area

A whisky distillery that is to create around 80 jobs in the district is nearing completion after experiencing delays to its construction.

The Falkirk Distillery 
Company is currently making progress at the Polmont site at Salmon Inn road near Cadger’s Brae after construction started two years ago when the company received a Scottish Government grant of £444,000 to get it off the ground.

The ambitious plan will bring whisky production back to the Falkirk area for the first time in over 20 years since the Rosebank Distillery closed.

The Scottish Government has been keeping tabs on its investment and says the site is 80 per cent complete.

A spokesperson said: “We awarded a food processing grant to the Falkirk Distillery Company in June 2013 towards construction cost of a new distillery in Polmont.

“The project has proceeded at a slower pace than originally anticipated by the project sponsor and, last year, we worked with them to agree a revised implementation timetable. The project is approximately 80 per cent complete and work is ongoing.”

Concerns have previously been raised regarding the speed of the development with local residents questioning whether work had ground to a halt, despite the project receiving the public investment.

The spokesperson added: “The grant has been paid on receipted invoices and in common with most other sources of public support funds are transferred only once the beneficiary has carried out the work and submitted claims supported by appropriate documentation.

“We are in regular contact with the FDC and 
continue to monitor the project’s progress.”

No one from the company was available for comment as The Falkirk Herald went to press yesterday (Wednesday).