How it all be­gan

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FEATURE -

Camp­bel­town Town­scape Her­itage Ini­tia­tive (THI) and Con­ser­va­tion Area Re­gen­er­a­tion Scheme Round 1 were multi award-win­ning pro­grammes that kick started Camp­bel­town’s re­gen­er­a­tion from 2007 to 2016.

From ini­tial coun­cil fund­ing of £200,000, £3.5 mil­lion was lev­ered in to re­store some of the town’s finest build­ings and sup­port home own­ers and busi­nesses to re­pair their prop­er­ties. To­tal spend was £8m tak­ing into ac­count private own­ers con­tri­bu­tions and other fund­ing.

The ad­di­tional fund­ing came from His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, Her­itage Lottery Fund, Argyll and the Isles LEADER, High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise and var­i­ous smaller fun­ders.

Over the course of the project, 88 grants, to­talling £1.8 mil­lion were awarded, which led to £7 mil­lion be­ing spent on 40 town cen­tre build­ings.

More than 2,000 square me­tres of va­cant floor space was brought back into use and 140 orig­i­nal tim­ber win­dows were saved. Seventeen tra­di­tional shopfronts have been re­in­stated. Lo­cal con­trac­tors ben­e­fited from the work, with more than 40 be­ing in­volved.

Jew­els in the crown of the first phase of re­gen­er­a­tion in­cluded Camp­bel­town Town Hall, where fund­ing and sup­port from THI helped South Kin­tyre De­vel­op­ment Trust lever in more fund­ing to bring the hall back to its for­mer glory and into com­mu­nity own­er­ship. The project won a Herald Prop­erty Award in 2016. The derelict Old School­house, in Big Kiln, be­came a com­mu­nity-run 16-bed bunkhouse. Ur­gent re­pairs to 50-52 Main Street stopped a gap site form­ing and the build­ing won a num­ber of awards, in­clud­ing the Out­stand­ing Project award at the 2016 Scot­tish Empty Homes Con­fer­ence.

The multi award-win­ning 50-52 Main Street af­ter re­pair were com­pleted.

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