As part of the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund, £3 million has been allocated to promote the regeneration and economic development of the Mid Argyll area.
The initial criteria for the fund were agreed by Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy and Resources Committee on 12 May 2016.
The agreed criteria for assessment of projects are:
Ability to create jobs, grow the population and/or stimulate private sector activity that will deliver these results;
Extent to which they support the delivery of the Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) particularly in terms of the overall objective (Argyll and Bute’s economic success is built on a growing population) as well as long-term outcomes 1, 2 and 3 (The economy is diverse and thriving; We have infrastructure that supports sustainable growth; and education, skills and training maximises opportunities for all);
Whether the proposal is included within the Council’s MAKI Economic Development Action Plan;
The amount of match funding from partners;
Demonstration of SMART economic and social outcomes for each community; and/or
Their contribution to overcoming barriers to economic growth and sustaining prosperous communities.
The report also highlighted that in order to maximise the benefit from the fund it was intended that a small number of larger projects will be progressed.
The areas which are the focus of this funding are the main town of Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig, the key settlement of Tarbert and the immediately surrounding areas
Inveraray, the other key settlement within the Mid Argyll and Kintyre area, is already the subject of a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.
As agreed by Policy and Resources Committee, rather than replicate previous consultation events, we have aimed to use existing initiatives such as the Crinan Canal Charrette, Mid Argyll Initiative (MAi Plan) and Community Action Plans to inform the proposals coming forward.
In identifying potential projects we have been in contact with:
Ardrishaig Community Council (ACC)
Ardrishaig Community Trust (ACT)
Dalriada Arts and Culture (DAC)
Lochgilphead Community Council (LCC)
Lochgilphead Phoenix Project (LPP)
Mid Argyll Community Pool (MAC)
Mid Argyll Initiative (MAI)
Mid Argyll Youth Development Services (MAYDS)
Scottish Canals (SC)
Tarbert and Skipness Community Council (TSCC)
Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust (TSCT)
Tarbert Harbour Authority (THA)
We have also taken into consideration the following documents and consultations:
Crinan Canal Corridor Charrette Report and Draft Action Plan – June 2016
Tarbert and Skipness Community Action Plan 2016 – 2021 – informed by priorities highlighted by TSCT and TSCC
Tarbert Harbour Authority Strategic Plan – May 2016
Lochgilphead: Looking to the Future – February 2016.
13 potential projects within Tarbert and 29 potential projects within Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig were put forward:
Tarbert Housing Infrastructure
Barmore Road (A83)/Garvel Road junction improvement
Upgrade White Shore Path
Carrick to West Loch Shores and Kennacraig Walking/Cycle Link
Indoor Bowling Facility
Skipness Water Supply
Tarbert Harbour Wi-Fi Service
Tarbert flood defences
Ardrishaig-Lochgilphead Cycling Link
Lochgilphead & Ardrishaig
Bishopton Road Junction Improvements
Lochgilphead & Cairnbaan
Lochgilphead & Ardrishaig
Lochgilphead & Ardrishaig
Marine Tourism Facilities
Art and Cultural Facilities
Parking provision review
Corran Nature Area
Lochgilphead Back Lanes
Ardrishaig North Public Realm Improvements
Lochgilphead or Ardrishaig
Chalmers Street Shops and Flats
Ardrishaig South Public Improvements
Gleaner Oil Site
Bridge House Hotel
MAC Pool redevelopment
Corran / Caravan site
Lochgilphead Tayvallich & Kilmichael
Ardrishaig Public Halls
Lochgilphead Community Hub
Improved walking and cycling routes in Lochgilphead
Reuse empty spaces
It would not be possible to fund all the projects put forward and therefore an assessment process has been undertaken. If a project isn’t progressed through the Tarbert and Lochgilphead Regeneration Fund it does not mean that it isn’t worthwhile progressing - just that it isn’t the best fit for this particular fund.
A two stage scoring process was undertaken. The first stage of scoring was focused on identifying projects which were in the correct locations, hadn’t yet started, might attract match funding and could be classed as large. For the purpose of classifying a project as large, consideration was given to the number of benefits it was expected to deliver.
The second stage of scoring was more detailed and looked at the likely impacts, affordabailty, deliverability and risks associated with the projects. These are standard aspects to be considered in any Council business plan and were considered against the criteria that had been pre-agreed by Policy and Reources Committee. A scoring mechanism was established and projects were assessed based on the information available at the time.
An explanation of the process undertaken can be found in the report to the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands (MAKI) Area Committee.
From this assessment, a proposed shortlist of projects was prepared. A report outlining the assessment process and the proposed shortlisted projects was considered by the MAKI Area Committee on 7 December 2016. The MAKI Area Committee identified the following shortlisted projects they would like to see progress to the next stage of assessment. Their decision was ratified by Policy and Resources Committee on 15 December 2016.
Improvements to the Barmore Road and Garvel Road junction (Tarbert)
Pavement and public realm improvements (Tarbert)
Indoor bowling facility and sports hub (Tarbert)
Improvements to harbour facilities (Tarbert)
Ardrishaig and Lochgilphead cycling link
Improvements to Argyll Street (Lochgilphead)
Redevelopment of Mid Argyll Community Pool (Lochgilphead)
Improvements to north public realm (Ardrishaig)
Improvements to south public realm (Ardrishaig)
Redevelopment of Gleaner oil site (Ardrishaig).
We will still have significant work to undertake before projects can commence in the communities and it is not expected that all of these project will be able to be delivered within the funding available. The first stage of this work will be undertaking initial design and feasibility work which will help us to confirm the costs associated with the projects and will in turn inform an outline business case.
An update on the Fund was provided to the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area Committee on 5 April 2017.
The above 11 projects have been assessed and outline business cases completed. The outcome of this process and further consideration of the assessment of impacts expected from each project is to be considered by the Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands Area Committee on 6 September 2017. The decision of the MAKI Area Committee will be referred to Policy and Resources Committee on 19 October 2017 for confirmation. A copy of the impact scoring is available here.
If approved by Committee, procurement of the relevant services to deliver the project, obtaining of consents and securing external funding will all need to be undertaken before the projects can physically commence.