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Work on improving Inverarary’s historic buildings is underway. The Inveraray conservation area regeneration project (CARS) is a £2million-plus scheme which will ultimately improve the town’s key historic buildings. It runs until March 2018.

The scheme is funded by Historic Environment Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council, with additional support from the council’s private sector housing fund.

Other key stakeholders are the building owners and tenants – private owners, registered social landlords and private businesses.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Head of Economic Development, Fergus Murray, said: “The ambitious £2million-plus regeneration project in Inveraray continues to gain real momentum, with work on the four priority buildings set to start next week.

Mr Murray told the Standard that projects that change people’s lives can often be challenging and complex, and the Inveraray initiative had had had its fair share of issues to overcome.

He said: “We’re pleased to see it reach this stage, and this is primarily down to the hard work and dedication of the building owners, their agent and the council’s project team.

“Work on four of the priority buildings – Arkland, Relief Land, Chamberlain’s House and the Old Temperance Hotel – will get underway early next week, with the fifth – The Town House – beginning the following week.”

 Local firm John Brown (Strone) will be carrying out the small repair works for much of Main Street and Quay Close as well as the major projects at Chamberlain’s House and the Old Temperance Hotel.

Mr Murray went on: “As well as the building work we are also running skills training events starting in May, giving local contractors skills, information and techniques which could help them secure work through the various individual projects.

“Once completed the repairs to the priority buildings alongside the smaller repairs on other buildings will breathe new life into the town, attracting even more tourists and safeguarding jobs.”

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