Investment to transform Argyll and Bute’s future

Published Date: 

5 Mar 2020 - 15:18
The new junction at Barmore Road, Tarbert

Work to re-align the junction at Barmore and Garvel Roads in Tarbert, funded through the council’s £3million Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, is now complete.

These improvements have made it easier for vehicles to enter and exit Garvel Road in all directions, while also improving visibility and safety at the junction.

And as a result, in February, Tarbert Harbour Authority (THA) was able to start work on its proposals to construct a new car park, with a further £105,000 regeneration funding.

This complements previous work undertaken as part of the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, when the council allocated £125,000 to THA for their improvements to shore side facilities at Tarbert Harbour, including the conversion of the former wash house and laundry block into an office and chandlery. In early 2019 Tarbert Harbour Authority built a brand new wash house and laundry block with funding from the Coastal Communities Fund.

This is just an example of some of the transformational regeneration work taking place throughout Argyll and Bute that was reported to the Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee at its meeting on 5 March.

The committee also heard that:

  • The £2.9m Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme II is set to end in March having completed work on eight priority buildings, awarded three small grants and delivered a range of events;

  • Rothesay Townscape Heritage Phase II has to date completed two priority projects with another two due for completion this year; and

  • Dunoon CARS has completed one priority building and two shopfronts so far and produced a guide for property owners.

Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of the council, said: “A successful future for Argyll and Bute means attracting new residents and new businesses. We are determined to do all we can to invest in economic growth and in making our towns appealing places where people want to live, work and invest.

“We work really hard to attract funding from external investors. There are many ambitious projects going on around Argyll and Bute made possible from a range of funders, including: £1.2m from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund; £2.3m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for Helensburgh Hermitage Park’s refurbishment; and £3.7m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for community-led projects around the area.

“We will continue to do all we can to give Argyll and Bute the future it deserves.”