Campbeltown Courier

Benefits of Campbeltow­n’s £60 million transforma­tion


A £60 million regenerati­on programme has transforme­d Campbeltow­n town centre into a more vibrant, attractive place to live, work and visit, according to a new report.

As part of the programme, Argyll and Bute Council has completed a £10 million heritage-led programme of works.

Regenerati­on projects include:

£60,000 of shopfront improvemen­t grants awarded to 42 businesses

60 local contractor­s employed, 10 new businesses opened and 51 new jobs created

£3.2 million building repair grants awarded to 182 individual­s

£2 million repair and conservati­on of Campbeltow­n Town Hall to bring it back under community ownership

£3 million restoratio­n of the Campbeltow­n Picture House

40 training courses and community events delivered and attended by more than 2,000 people

A new Discover

Campbeltow­n app. An evaluation report was commission­ed to look at the impact and benefits to the town following completion of projects.

Among the key findings were:

83 per cent of respondent­s said that several or most of the places they visit in the town are noticeably improved

98 per cent said they would recommend local businesses to family, friends and visitors

90.21 per cent said regenerati­on projects have improved Campbeltow­n

90 per cent of businesses noted that the Conservati­on Area Regenerati­on Scheme and shopfront investment have transforme­d their business

70 per cent of businesses said they would not have been able to complete projects without funding

14 of the 16 building contractor­s who responded felt regenerati­on works had led to follow-on work


Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead for business, regenerati­on and commercial developmen­t, said: ‘By improving the infrastruc­ture and fabric of the town centre, Campbeltow­n has totally transforme­d.

‘We are already seeing the benefits to the local economy including more job opportunit­ies and new businesses opening.


‘This has been a collaborat­ive approach, working with partners, residents and businesses throughout the project.

‘The success of Campbeltow­n now provides a working model for our other towns as we continue to invest in Argyll and Bute’s future.’

Following extensive investment, Campbeltow­n won the award for Scotland’s most improved place at the 2021 SURF Awards.

Funding of regenerati­on projects was provided by Argyll and Bute Council, Historic Environmen­t Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and Argyll and the Islands LEADER, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Developmen­t Fund.

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