The following press release was issued by the Argyll and Bute Council. In the project's main objectives I have deleted the Dunoon section for obvious reasons. For those interested in the works at Dunoon please visit the A&BC news sections
The Â£1.2 million plans to regenerate the historic centres of two Argyll and Bute towns have taken another step forward. The Council has now secured the services of an external project manager, who will oversee the next phases of the proposals for Dunoon and Bowmore. Scott Wilson Ltd will now progress the Town Centre Regeneration Fund (TCRF) projects in each town through the detailed design and procurement phases. Continue reading....
In Bowmore, the projectâ€™s main objectives are to improve the public conveniences adjacent to Morrison Square, to improve the Town Hall, including creating a childrenâ€™s play area, with provision of an access lift to enable wheelchair access. Attract more boat-based visitors by increasing the depth of Bowmore harbour, replacing all existing pontoons and replenishing the beach. To carry out substantial streetscape improvement work to Morrison Square and The Square and to improve traffic management to increase pedestrian safety.
The total cost of the above work is just under Â£620,000. This consists of Â£300,000 from the Scottish Governmentâ€™s TCRF fund, just under Â£262,000 from LEADER and the remainder from Argyll and Bute Council and local community groups. Contracts must be awarded by March 31 2010. Argyll and Buteâ€™s spokesperson for the Islands and European Affairs, Councillor Len Scoullar, said the project would make real and lasting improvements to Bowmore town centre. â€œOur town centres are a key element of the economic and social fabric of Argyll and Bute, and we obviously want to see them reach their full potential,â€ he added. â€œThis project will bring about major improvements to the historic town of Bowmore, in the process making it a more attractive place in which to live, work and visit. â€œI know the people of Islay are very much looking forward to seeing the work start, and I look forward to visiting Bowmore and seeing the improvements for myself once they are completed.â€