Camp­bel­town CARS part­ner­ship ap­proach builds suc­cess

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FEATURE -

One of the main rea­sons for the suc­cess of Camp­bel­town CARS has been the part­ner­ship ap­proach which in­volves the coun­cil, fun­ders, prop­erty own­ers and the com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether for the ben­e­fit of the town.

Dur­ing the cur­rent ten­e­ment projects, staff from Hous­ing Ser­vices have been work­ing along­side the CARS Team to help own­ers form Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tions, set up bank ac­counts, go through claim and pay­ment pro­cesses and se­cure the fund­ing re­quired to meet the cost of the work. Be­hind the scenes, there is ad­di­tional sup­port from coun­cil ser­vices, in­clud­ing Plan­ning, Build­ing Stan­dards, Le­gal and Fi­nance amongst oth­ers.

With up to 20 own­ers in­volved in some cases, this can be com­plex and time con­sum­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved.

The award of Private Sec­tor Hous­ing Grants has helped to min­i­mize own­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions to an affordable amount and has en­sured that the pri­or­ity projects can progress to the con­struc­tion phase. Own­ers are ex­pected to con­trib­ute a min­i­mum of £5000 to the re­pairs of their unit.

Lor­raine MacFar­lane, owner of Fresh Con­nec­tion and Trea­surer of the 10-20 Lon­grow South Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said: ‘It’s a big fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment for a small busi­ness, but the fund­ing from CARS and Hous­ing Ser­vices means we are able to make re­pairs that we’d be un­able to achieve on our own. It also brings to­gether all the peo­ple from the ten­e­ment with one goal which will have a last­ing ben­e­fit for ev­ery­one who lives and works here for many years to come.”

Part of the grant fund­ing agree­ment in­cludes com­mit­ment to an on­go­ing main­te­nance pro­gramme fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the work.

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