Town centre funding boost

Argyll and Bute Council

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Town centres across Argyll and Bute continue to be supported by £1.6m aimed at stimulating economic recovery.

Among those benefitting from the Argyll and Bute Council cash, supported by the Scottish Governement’s town centre fund are Oban, Tobermory, Campbeltown and Lochgilphead.

A cash boost has been given to 28 projects which will help bring £9 million to the local economy, the authority said.

Projects being helped range from town centre infrastructure, grants for charitable organisations and shopfront improvements.

Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead for business, regeneration and commercial development at the council, said: ‘Good things are happening across Argyll and Bute as we continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

‘The town centre fund is providing a welcome boost to many projects helping to support our construction industry and local retailers. Creating vibrant attractive places is essential to help long-term economic recovery.

‘As we continue to create opportunities for our communities, we are also building for the future, attracting more people to live, work and visit the area.’

Funding has been granted to the following projects with a completion date of September.

Tobermory on Mull will receive £198,000; Bowmore on Islay receives £118,500 and Oban £197,000.

In Oban, projects under way include new welcome signs, enhancements at McCaig’s Tower and the town’s public realm.

The money is also going towards ‘mitigation measures’ to deal with motorhomes, a grant to the Rockfield Centre and the town’s shopfront improvement scheme.

Campbeltown receives £60,500; Rothesay £205,500; Dunoon £255,500; Helensburgh and settlements around Lomond £125,000, and Lochgilphead £233,500.