Six projects across Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig and Tarbert, aimed at regenerating the area, boosting the local economy and creating jobs, will be taken forward and share £3 million of funding from the council’s Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund.
At its recent meeting members of the Policy and Resources Committee agreed that the final list of projects, proposed by the local community through the Crinan Canal Charrette, Mid Argyll Initiative and Community Action Plans, should be progressed, subject to full business case approval and further feasibility studies.
Improvements to the Front Green in Lochgilphead would be allocated £1,420,000 from the fund and include new surfacing and seating, landscaping, replacement children’s play facilities and consideration of flood protection measures, making it a more attractive and usable public space for the local community and visitors.
£500,000 of funding has been allocated, to work with Scottish Canals, to redevelop the former Gleaner oil depot in Ardrishaig. The first phase would focus on the refurbishment of the shore side Egg Shed building to be used for a range of businesses including food and drink, crafts or artist workshops. The second phase could include a mix of housing and business space.
Improvements to visibility and safety at the Barmore Road and Garvel Road junction in Tarbert would cost £410,000, allowing the possibility of a new development to be accessed from off this junction
Members also agreed that £230,000 should be contributed to help make improvements to Tarbert Harbour, working with the Tarbert Harbour Authority to deliver new offices, additional car parking and toilets and enhance facilities for users.
£110,000 will be used to fund pavement improvements in Argyll Street, Lochgilphead between Colchester Square and the junction with Lorne Street and Union Street.
An allocation of £330,000 is proposed to make improvements to the public realm in Ardrishaig, between the North and Public Hall and the boatyard. Landscaping to the garden and shoreline areas as well as the shops and offices facing Chalmers Street would benefit.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:
“The council set up the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund to boost the economy of Mid Argyll through a number of projects that matter to the local community.
“These initiatives should make a real difference to the area, creating opportunities for businesses, residents and visitors.
“This major investment by the council is all about driving forward the economy of Mid Argyll for the benefit of local communities now and into the future.”
The final list of six projects is the result of extensive discussions with the local community and followed a rigorous two-stage assessment of an original list of 42 projects.