Go-ahead for regeneration scheme in Argyll and Bute
A three-year plan by Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership to improve the lives of people in some of its most disadvantaged areas, has been given the go-ahead by Communities Minister, Malcolm Chisholm.
Community Regeneration Fund support of £2.4 million from Communities Scotland, the Scottish Executive’s housing and regeneration agency, will be spent on areas across Argyll and Bute identified as most in need.
Councillor Allan Macaskill, Chair of the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership said:
“We are delighted at the news that we have been awarded this money, which will target the needs of the most deprived of our communities in Argyll and Bute. We will be working closely with communities to identify those needs and the ways in which they can be met.”
Main areas to benefit include Kirkmichael/Craigendoran, Dalintober/Millknowe; Ardenslate, West Milton and Glebe, Ballochgoy, and Soroba.
The plans are outlined in the community planning partnership’s Regeneration Outcome Agreement (ROA) 2005/08, which lays out in detail its proposals based on an analysis of the area’s greatest needs for its residents. The agreement also says it will seek to fully involve the community.
Targets set by the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership to date include:
– Improving the safety of neighbourhoods in Kirkmichael and Craigendoran
– Increasing the number of people supported into work in Dalintober and Millknowe
– Feasibility work to develop a social firm that to provide employment and therapeutic placements.
– Literacy programmes for adults and school leavers
– A Physical activities programme for school children and health activities for children with disabilities
– A home support project for 15 older people
– And a healthy living initiative – focusing on the development of a community café targeting older and vulnerable people.
The funding will support these and a number of other initiatives.
Mr Chisholm said the approval of the agreement was “a significant milestone in our approach to community regeneration across Argyll and Bute. I congratulate those involved for their work to date and encourage all partners to work together now to deliver real and lasting change for the most deprived communities.”
Alex Robertson, Communities Scotland area director said his organisation was looking forward to working with the Argyll and Bute Community Planning Partnership to ensure the investment brings about genuine improvement for the people living in the targeted areas.