Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is a heritage-led regeneration project that offers grant funding to property owners to assist with the repair of historic buildings within Campbeltown town centre.
The £2.2million project runs from April 2015 to March 2020 and is being funded by Historic Scotland and Argyll & Bute Council. It is continuation of the previous Campbeltown CARS and Campbeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) that resulted in over £7million being invested on town centre buildings – significantly improving the appearance of the town centre.
The majority of the buildings in the CARS focus area are tenements in multi-ownership.
Funding is ring-fenced for four priority buildings –
- 10-20 Longrow South
- 22-26 Main Street / 2-8 Longrow South
- 1-21 Longrow South / 12 Union Street / 40-48 Main Street
- 2-14 Main Street (also known as MacLean Place)
Safeguarding the future of these properties will protect over 70 jobs and could lead to five vacant commercial units being brought back in to use.
Funding will also be also be available via a small grant scheme for works such as roofing, leadwork, gutters, windows, doors and shopfront improvements. The small grant scheme will be launched later this year. At this stage information will be published outlining the criteria, application process etc.
Campbeltown CARS will provide traditional skills training courses for local contractors and building professionals. In addition to this, a number of events will be held to raise awareness, understanding and enjoyment of Campbeltown’s rich heritage.
The main aim is to provide a sustainable economic future for Campbeltown’s historic town centre that recognises the value of its built heritage whilst making it a better place to live, work and visit.