£305,000 Mafeking project begins

Scaffolding has been erected as the Mafeking Place project gets underway.

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Work is under way at Close One, Mafeking Place, in what is the final tenement repair project to be delivered via Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) round six.

Scaffold has been installed on Burnbank Street and Longrow and the remaining scaffold will be installed next week.

The £305,000 project will see extensive repairs to the exterior of the building, including lead works, associated slated roof works, chimney repairs, stone works, rainwater goods, associated timber repairs and rot works, as well as the repair of the roof light that covers the common stairwell.

The building includes 10 flats and two ground-floor businesses. For the past few years, owners have been carrying our urgent repairs and maintenance to safeguard the property. They formed an owners’ association, allowing them to work together to enable major repairs to be carried out.

Campbeltown CARS round six runs from April 2015 to March 2020. Extensive repairs have already been carried out to five tenement buildings and the failing amenity deck behind the properties at 1 to 21 Longrow South has been replaced.

In total, 69 CARS grants have been awarded totalling £1.4 million. When the Mafeking Place project has been completed, the total amount spent repairing buildings will be £2.7 million.

From 2007 to 2015, Argyll and Bute Council delivered Campbeltown CARS round one and the Campbeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative. These initiatives led to more than £7 million of repairs to town centre buildings including Campbeltown Town Hall, Campbeltown Backpackers and the tenement at 50 to 52 Main Street.

The regeneration work has brought a number of vacant buildings back into use, generating employment for local contractors while creating opportunities for investment in the historic town centre and significantly improving the appearance of Campbeltown town centre.

The council is currently offering grant assistance for shopfront improvements in Campbeltown. For further information visit https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/campbeltown-shopfront-improvement-scheme or contact James Lafferty on 01586 559049 or email james.lafferty@argyll-bute.gov.uk