Campbeltown Tenement Owner Survey

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Tenement owners in Campbeltown are being encouraged to complete a survey, being conducted by Campbeltown Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), to find out how common repairs are managed, and also have the chance to win a £50 shopping voucher.

In recent years, Campbeltown town centre has been regenerated and several prominent tenement buildings have been repaired and others have been brought back to life. Owners have committed to maintaining their properties after major works, made possible by the council and Historic Environment Scotland funded scheme, have been completed.

For most tenements there is no funding available to assist with the cost of repairs and owners have to work together to plan and carry out regular maintenance and repairs to safeguard their properties. Ignoring common repairs can lead rapidly to more serious and expensive problems.campbeltown_tenement_maintenance_guide

Argyll and Bute Council wants to find out what matters most to owners including the demand for a professional factoring service and regular gutter cleaning.

Any owner taking part in the survey will be entered into a draw to win a £50 shopping voucher for the store of their choice.

To complete the survey go to – https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/campbeltown-repairs. The survey is for property owners, not tenants.

The Campbeltown CARS team works closely with Housing Services to promote the repair and maintenance of town centre tenements and has hosted regular public maintenance events. In recent years CARS grant funding and Private Sector Housing grant funding has been awarded to the private owners of six tenement properties.

Owners have been encouraged to form owners associations and there are now over 20 active associations operating in Campbeltown town centre and the Campbeltown Tenement Maintenance Guide was designed and published through the Campbeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative.

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Source: Campbeltown tenement owner survey – chance to win £50 of shopping vouchers

Save Our Banks

By 23/12/17

Communities across Scotland, particular in our rural areas, are rightly concerned about the impact the decision by RBS to close branches, including in some cases the last branch in the community, will have on local businesses, employees, the elderly and vulnerable and all those who need access to banking services.

I know that more and more of us do our banking on the internet or by phone but that simply isn’t an option for everyone. RBS and the banking industry need to think again.

Many older or vulnerable members of our communities rely on branches to conduct their banking, and while banks have a duty to support people to transfer to mobile or online banking, for many that simply won’t be something they feel safe or comfortable doing.

Equally mobile and online banking doesn’t solve the problems of businesses, many of whom in rural communities will still take cash and who without local branches will now have to take significant time out of their working day to travel to the remaining branches to deposit their takings or to speak to someone if they need face to face for business advice.

Since the decision by RBS was announced the Scottish Government has stood side by side with the communities and employees affected. We have called on the UK Government as the government responsible for banking, and as part owners of RBS, to step up to the plate. We have asked them to establish and enforce a guaranteed minimum level of service provision for essential banking services, recognising the importance of continued access to banking for towns and communities across Scotland.

It was deeply disappointing this week to hear the Prime Minister continue to brush off my Westminster colleagues requests for the government to step in with party political attacks when she should have been standing up for the public interest.

The Scottish Government will continue to do everything it can to support affected staff and to identify solutions that will preserve access to essential banking services for customers and communities throughout the country but ultimately it is only the UK government that can act to stop these branch closures and that’s why campaigns like the Press and Journal’s campaign to Save our Banks are essential to add to the pressure and to force RBS and the UK government to provide a better service to rural Scotland.

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https://www.snp.org/save_our_banks

Scottish Rural Action launch survey on rural RBS branch closures.

 

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