Preserving built heritage

The Scottish baronial style facade facing Prince's Street. 25_c42acharaze01_Dalintober_Estate

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Earlier this year Campbeltown Community Business was praised for restoring the A-listed Wee Pictures.

In 2016 the restoration of Campbeltown Town Hall was completed.

At present the latest round of the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is renovating the block at the corner of Main Street and Longrow South.

All these schemes are seeking to retain the town’s built environment.

Many of the buildings which have been saved through CARS were well constructed and have lasted a long time but lacked maintenance.

About a decade ago a Campbeltown builder, himself involved in building renovation, became fed up with looking, from his flat window, at Argyll Community Housing Association’s (ACHA) dilapidated Dalintober Estate.

He wrote a letter to ACHA explaining that the render applied was incorrect and detailing how the properties could be improved.

ACHA ignored his letter and it wants to have the estate de-listed so it can be demolished as this is cheaper than restoration.

One council requirement for de-listing is that the owner should have tried to sell the properties. ACHA has not tried that approach yet.