The former Gleaner Oil site in Ardrishaig is one step closer to being brought back to life as a waterfront community and businesses hub, after Argyll and Bute Council agreed funding from its Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund.
At its meeting on Friday, 8 December 2017 members of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed to contribute up to £250,000 to deliver the first phase of the ambitious project to redevelop the derelict oil site, in partnership with Scottish Canals.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:
“The council is determined to work in partnership with Scottish Canals and the community to deliver projects that will create jobs and help to grow the population of the area, which will help boost our local economy.
“The redevelopment of the redundant and derelict Gleaner site has been championed by the local people and is designed to provide a focus for the community and attract more visitors to the area.
“There is no doubt that it will contribute to the wider regeneration of the Mid Argyll area as well as providing economic opportunities for the local community. I look forward to seeing it being realised and making a real difference to Mid Argyll.”
The first phase of the project will see the redevelopment of the ‘Egg Shed’ building including a new extension and the former garage. It is intended that these buildings will be available for a range of uses including exhibition space focusing on the heritage of the area and the Canal. There will also be new parking facilities and improved walking and cycling links.