Eleven projects across Tarbert, Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig have been shortlisted to be considered for a share of the £3 million Argyll and Bute Council fund – aimed at regenerating the areas, boosting the local economy and creating jobs.
At its meeting on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area Committee agreed that the projects should be recommended for progress to the council’s Policy and Resources Committee.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Sustainable Economic Growth said:
“The Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund offers an important opportunity to support community-led proposals which can help regenerate the Mid Argyll area and provide economic opportunities for the population.”
Members agreed that the projects recommended for possible further feasibility studies and initial design work - which will allow outline business cases to be developed - should be:
Improvements to the Barmore Road and Garvel Road junction (Tarbert)
Pavement and public realm improvements (Tarbert)
Indoor bowling facility and sports hub (Tarbert)
Improvements to harbour facilities (Tarbert)
Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead cycling link
Front Green improvements (Lochgliphead)
Improvements to Argyll Street (Lochgilphead)
Redevelopment of Mid Argyll Community Pool (Lochgilphead)
Improvements to north public realm (Adrishaig)
Improvements to south public realm (Ardrishaig)
Redevelopment of Gleaner oil site (Ardrishaig).
Councillor Morton continued: “As a council we are determined to deliver initiatives that will create jobs, grow the population of the area, help boost our local economy and sustain already prosperous communities. The projects taken forward will be selected as they fulfil the essential criteria and help deliver the council’s objectives.”
The council’s Policy and Resources Committee had identified clear criteria and objectives that proposed projects had to meet to be considered for a share of the funding. These were incorporated into a scoring mechanism - including impact, affordability, deliverability and risk - and agreed them with local members.
As a result of discussions with the local community a total of 42 projects were initially put forward for consideration - following a rigorous two-stage assessment the 11 projects have been shortlisted for the next stage of assessment.
Following further assessment, an update on the shortlisted projects will be provided to the Area Committee in April 2017 when information will be available to help finalise which of the shortlisted projects can be progressed.
There is no guarantee that any particular project will be funded through the Tarbert and Locghilphead Regeneration Fund – a final decision on the shortlisted projects will be taken when members of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee consider the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area committee recommendations on Thursday, 15 December 2016.
The council recognises the value of the long list of projects identified by local communities. It is hoped that a number of these projects may be able to attract funding from alternative sources.
Council support for organisations continues to be made available. Information on funding can be found on the council’s website – see https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/community-life-and-leisure/grants-and-funding .