Bowmore Town Centre Improvements

A couple of weeks ago, just before the start of the Islay Festival, the major works for the Bowmore Town Centre Improvements started. Fences were places around Morrison Court, the square opposite the Co-op, and everything that was there was removed to make space for the new square layout. The works on the public toilets started earlier. The picture shows the situation around the 15th of May and I hope to keep you up-to-date on the progress. At the end of the article is a map of the new layout. The following article appeared in the Ileach end of April: At the request of Cllr. Robin Currie, Argyll and Bute Council held a meeting in Bowmore on tuesday 19th April to update the Community Council and others on the progress of developments for the centre of Bowmore. Contractors have now been appointed by consultants Scot Wilson, and work will commence at the beginning of May 2010, with the replacement pontoons planned to be in place by the end of July 2010. Continue reading......

Cllr. Currie said, “Since the tenders have come back in, it has been necessary to cut back on some things but I am quite confident that the end product will be a scheme that we will be all proud of, and an excellent improvement to the centre of Bowmore for both locals and visitors alike.” As well as replacing the pontoons and dredging Bowmore harbour, work will be carried out to increase car parking and improve lighting in the Square, and environmental improvements with re-planting will be made to Morrison Court. All-ability access will be constructed for Bowmore hall, as at present less able people and wheelchair users cannot access facilities on the first floor. Improvements to the public toilets near Morrison Court have just been completed. This project, which was initiated by local councillor Robin Currie, is funded by the Scottish Government Town Centre Regeneration Fund, the LEADER programme and Argyll and Bute Council.

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