Argyll and Bute Council has agreed to an ambitious and forward-looking programme to assist regeneration and economic development in five of it’s waterfront towns - Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon. In November 2008, the Council unanimously agreed to allocate more than £30 million to the programme, since named ‘CHORD’.
The multi-million pound initiative will see major improvements to the town centres and waterfronts of all five towns.
Campbeltown (£6.5 million)
Helensburgh (£6.66 million)
Oban (£6.9 million)
Rothesay (£2.4 million)
Dunoon (£8.3 million)
Chord Programme Manager - Helen Ford
Phone - 01436 658 839
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
|Kinloch Road Regeneration update February 2012||
A competition was held with local primary schools to come up with a road name for the new road and to produce art work showing what renewables meant for Campbeltown. See our press release for more details about this.
Other recent updates include sign off by the Project Board of the public realm proposal allowing progress to be made on procuring the works. The public realm works are likely to take place late summer 2012 in order to fit with all of the other construction programmes underway in Campbeltown.
This work will see new footways along Kinloch Road and round the triangular park area, Kinloch Road resurfaced, new street furniture provided and new planting provided at the triangular park beside the bus terminus.
The exception to this is work outside the Royal Hotel which is currently underway and being progressed by the Hotel Developers
The register of comments received on the public realm proposals, and the responses given can be found here -
A busy time is in store for Campbeltown with a number of projects getting underway on site. All project teams are liaising with each other to best meet the needs of Campbeltown whilst causing as minimal disruption as possible.
If you have any concerns or comments please feel free to contact us here.
|Oban Bay project update February 2012||
Following the consultation event held on 22nd November in the Rowan Tree Hotel, the Oban CHORD team worked to develop the ‘Interim Business Case’ for presentation to the Project Board.
This presented a list of short-term projects with a delivery programme of 12 months, and a list of medium-term projects with a delivery programme of 12 to 36 months. This allowed quick progress to be made on projects that are sensible and deliver benefits but that do not risk abortive work due to interactions with other developments in Oban, e.g. the Lorn Arc.
Medium-term projects are in some cases more complex and hence will require further design time and / or will have interactions with other projects underway in Oban.
This has resulted in a phased approach to funding in Oban and in this first phase an application for £1.84 million was made and approved by the Project Board; subsequently, this has now been approved by the Programme Board and the Executive.
The details below show the process followed to date:
Data Gathering and Consultation
Development of Oban Action Plan Refresh
CHORD Option Development
The short-term projects that now have approval are spread across the three CHORD components of Transport Interchange, Traffic Management and Reconfiguration of the Bay. Further detail is provided below.
Traffic Management - Short term measures
Transport Interchange – short term measures
Reconfiguration of the Bay – short term measures
We intend to continue consultation with stakeholders and the public as projects progress towards implementation. The project board will continue to be involved and will sign off work before money is spent on any implementation.
Medium term measures have been put forward for consideration but these will depend on further investigation, consideration of the interaction with other projects in Oban. Updates on progress with the medium term measures will continue to be reported as the work progresses.
This will also allow the ‘Interim Business Case’ to be further developed and allow a ‘Final Business Case’ to be issued in due course.
|Rothesay THI update February 2012||
Local shop owners were invited to an informal drop in event in St. Paul's Church Hall where ZM Architecture, a conservation accredited architect appointed to work with the THI, were on hand to discuss possible proposals for the Rothesay Shopfront Repair Grant scheme.
If you did not manage to make it along to the event and would like to be put in touch with ZM Architecture, please contact the Project Officer on 01700 501374.