Event to celebrate Campbeltown town centre regeneration hailed a ‘real success’

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15 Jul 2016 - 11:59

Argyll and Bute Council held an extremely successful event to celebrate the success of Campbeltown’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which has revitalised the town centre.

Over 300 local people attended on the day and those who dropped-in were able to see what has been achieved in the town and what is planned with assistance from the latest Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

Councillor Aileen Morton, Policy Lead for Sustainable Economic Growth, said: “The event was an ideal opportunity to celebrate the work undertaken in Campbeltown through the THI which has invested in Kintyre and the wider Argyll and Bute economy. We are grateful for the help of our partners Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the local community in making it happen.”

Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The centre of Campbeltown, one of Argyll’s most important towns, has been transformed thanks to significant National Lottery (HLF) investment. Grants of over £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund have help restore a number of key historic buildings in the centre including the Town Hall and Old Schoolhouse. These will complement the restoration of the HLF funded Campbeltown Picture House, one of Europe’s most significant cinemas, first opened in 1913.

“New jobs and a further boost to the economy are anticipated through more visitors helping secure a brighter future for this lovely town overlooking the beautiful Kintyre peninsular.”

The THI has seen over 40 buildings being repaired, a number of derelict buildings brought back into use and local contractors have benefited as a result of the projects.

Over £7million has been spent on historic buildings in the centre of Campbeltown since 2009, all from initial grant awards of £1.8million.