Tarbert improvement works take off

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Improved town centre access, a safer cycling and walking route and replacement play equipment are just some of the works happening in Tarbert throughout February and March.

Tarbert will benefit from major regeneration works as part of the council’s ongoing commitment to economic recovery across Argyll and Bute.

Work began on February 14 to widen a section of Tawny Trail, a popular walking and cycling path between School Road and Oakfield.

The work also includes installing new lighting, drainage and an enlarged culvert on the route.

Argyll and Bute Council is delivering the improvements after securing £170,000 of funding from the Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Routes initiative.

The work will take eight weeks with the path remaining open as much as possible.

There’s also good news for the nearby play park – the council will replace an existing slide and move this to a new position; there will be improved access to the play park with a new, safer, all-access surface; the area around the changing rooms will be resurfaced and down to Back Road.

Work will start in March and the play park will be closed while the work is carried out.

In the town centre, the council will start a programme of works along Harbour Street.

Preparatory work starts from February 21 to drop kerbs to improve access.

Access to businesses will remain open with some delay as work takes place outside doorways. The work is planned to minimise impact on the businesses.

Resurfacing work on existing footpaths will start from February 28.

Weather permitting, this phase of the work is due to take two to three weeks.

Councillor Robin Currie, policy lead for the economy and rural growth, said: ‘We are committed to making Argyll and Bute a fantastic place to work, live and visit.

‘The Tarbert improvement works is great news for the town and community.

‘Work on the trail and play park will provide a vital green space for people to enjoy.

‘We hope, with improved town centre access, more people will support local businesses and help with ongoing economic recovery.’