Se­cur­ing jobs and homes

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FEATURE -

Look­ing at all the scaf­fold­ing up around Camp­bel­town peo­ple would be for­given for think­ing CARS is very much a con­struc­tion project, but there’s a much more hu­man el­e­ment to it, as well as an eco­nomic ben­e­fit.

The cur­rent CARS project alone has helped safe­guard over 49 part-time and full time jobs. Thirty three oc­cu­pied flats, that could have be­come un­in­hab­it­able if re­pairs hadn’t been car­ried out in time, have now been saved. Once the cur­rent projects are com­pleted, 15 va­cant flats will be avail­able for private ren­tal.

Sav­ing build­ings has helped se­cure the fu­ture of 17 busi­nesses and helped one new busi­ness – Food for Thought – get off the ground in the for­mer Lo­carno Café. Billy Bro­drick, owner of Food for Thought, says: “We’re re­ally pleased to be able to con­tinue the tra­di­tion of these premises as a bistro and the CARS re­gen­er­a­tion has made that pos­si­ble.”

There should be new op­por­tu­ni­ties for other busi­nesses once the projects are com­plete.

Ivor Wat­son, owner of long-es­tab­lished, fam­ily busi­ness McIvors fruit shop, echoed that sen­ti­ment say­ing: “For me, CARS has helped pre­serve the long-term vi­a­bil­ity of the prop­erty and the busi­ness.”

Home owner, Richard Woo­ley, says: “Af­fect­ing re­pairs to multi-oc­cu­pancy prop­erty is fraught with com­plex­i­ties and ex­pense. A project like CARS brings to­gether the fund­ing, the ex­per­tise and gets the right peo­ple to­gether. It’s not al­ways easy, but the end re­sult ben­e­fits in­di­vid­u­als and their homes and, in the long-term, the town’s pros­per­ity.”

Ahead of its time in the 1950s, the Lo­carno Café (right) has trans­formed into Food for Thought, a restau­rant for the 21st cen­tury.

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