Major £350,000 building repair project creates new jobs in Campbeltown

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Published Date: 

20 Apr 2016 - 11:41

Saving three existing businesses and making premises available for a new one as well as safeguarding six flats

Around 20 jobs will be secured thanks to the first of Argyll and Bute Council’s new conservation area regeneration scheme (CARS) projects in Campbeltown, the major building repair project at 10-20 Longrow South, which got underway this week.

Pippa Milne, the council’s Executive Director of Development and Infrastructure, said: “This is exactly what this council is all about – breathing new life into town centres, creating jobs, making town centres more attractive and vibrant places, ultimately taking advantage of our opportunities and boosting the economy.

“We have enabled over £7million of works in Campbeltown town centre over the past few years, with over 40 buildings being repaired through our heritage-led regeneration initiative. As a result of this investment a number of new businesses have opened and existing businesses have been secured.

“This is the first in another phase of building projects, which will see over £2million being invested in the town centre, protecting around 70 jobs. We are working with owners of priority buildings to develop their projects and a small grant scheme will be launched in the summer.

“Our ambition is equal to that of local business owners and residents – to improve towns and make the even better places to live. This scheme is a great example of what can happen when we all work together towards the same long-term goal.”

Sweeney McGeachy, chair of the owners association, said: “We are delighted to see this project getting underway. One of the major issues with our historic buildings in Campbeltown is the lack of any recognised factoring. With the help of the council we have created an owners association which meets on a regular basis to discuss and arrange maintenance and repairs.  All owners contribute monthly payments to our joint bank account to help fund repair and maintenance.

“The council has helped us develop this project and provided some much needed financial support. It can be quite intimidating for private individuals to navigate through the process of setting up a big project like this, from procuring an architect to getting planning approval. Going forward we will be committing to a tenement management agreement which will make sure that, once the building is renovated, it is properly maintained.”

The project will see extensive external repairs including total re-roofing, repairs to leadwork, stonework and rainwater goods and the replacement of the failing rear deck that led to the closure of the G10 Bistro in 2014. As well as securing the future of the three existing businesses it will lead to the re-opening of the vacant units at No.10 and 12.  Both units are under new ownership; the new owners will convert them into one large unit as well as fully refurbishing the interior for use as a café.

The project will cost around £350,000, with the council funding around £280,000 and the balance being met by the owners.

It is estimated that the work, carried out by John Fulton Plumbers Limited, will be completed by the autumn of this year.