Tarbert Harbour Authority: Investment in community and spaces

Tarbert can look forward to a number of projects aimed at rejuvenating the harbour and wider village.

Towards the end of 2021, Tarbert Harbour Authority was successful in securing grant funding of £257,250 through the UK Governments ‘Communities Renewal Fund’ as part of the Levelling Up Agenda aimed at stimulating growth and enabling community projects.  This grant has allowed the Harbour to appoint a team of consultants, who over the next six months will pilot, investigate, design and develop several major projects throughout the Harbour and Tarbert Village.  Once completed these projects will then be taken forward to a further funding stage (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) and if successful, work will commence to implement projects to transform and rejuvenate both the village, the Harbour and its environs.

The appointed team of advisors have all worked extensively in Argyll & Bute and know the area well.  They include Leith based John Renshaw Architects, a practice who specialise in conservation and sustainable design; Mott MacDonald, an international engineering consultancy who provide expert advice and guidance on civil and marine engineering projects; ruralDimensions a Callander based consultancy with expertise in the Tourism sector.  Carron of ruralDimensions has worked as a Project Manager with Argyll & the Isles Tourism Co-operative for many years and is respected throughout Scotland and beyond.  Finally, DWS Associates, a Lochgilphead based business and economic development consultancy are working as Project Managers and will bring together recommendations into a comprehensive business and investment plan.

Duncan Cunningham, Chairman of Tarbert Harbour Authority said: ”This is a really exciting project that has the potential to do so much good for the future of Tarbert – we are really keen to get the thoughts of everyone who cares about the village.  We would encourage everyone who is interested to keep up to date with future developments, news and events via the ‘News’ and ‘What’s on’ pages on the Tarbert Harbour”.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Project Team:

Architect & Project Lead:
Marine & Civil Engineer:
Project Manager:
Tourism and Rural Development:

Presentation From The Public Drop In Session:


UK Community Renewal Fund Investment in Communities & Space

Project to invest in the recovery and future regeneration of Tarbert

The UK Community Renewal Fund has provided funding for the current project and project team to:

  • Examine & interpret
  • Develop, design and test
  • Recommend and report

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is the government’s domestic replacement for the European Structural and Investment Programme (ESIF) which was essential for local regeneration, employment and skills.

It is thought that it will provide £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment in all areas of the UK by March 2025 and the Priorities include -

Community & places

Strengthening social fabric and fostering a sense of local pride and belonging, through investment in activities that enhance physical, cultural and social connections and amenities, such as community infrastructure, local green space and community-led projects.

Supporting local businesses

Create jobs and boost community cohesion, through investments that build on existing industries and institutions, and range from support for starting businesses to visible improvements to local retail, hospitality and leisure sector facilities.

People & Skills

Improve core skills and support adults to progress in work, especially those with no or low-level academic qualifications and upskill the working age population, yielding personal and societal benefits.

Project Objectives

Proposals must:

  • Align with the ‘THA Strategic Plan’:
  • Align with the ‘Skipness and Tarbert Community Plan’
  • Contribute to increased tourism offering and encourage more tourist spend within Tarbert and the surrounding area
  • Support existing and future THA plans, for the benefit of the wider community; including Commercial activities / Light Industrial / Harbour Activities
  • Make a positive contribution to the local environment
  • Aim to make a positive contribution to improving safety, access and social inclusion
  • Comply with local and national government policy, local zoning rules for planning and transport planning

Long Term Plan and the Climate Crisis

Tarbert Loch Fyne - Village & Harbour

The current global climate and biodiversity crises present us all with a significant risk of catastrophic damage to the natural world.

  • Oceans have become 30 percent more acidic since the Industrial Revolution.
  • Extreme and devastating climate events are multiplying rapidly across the globe and the population of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians is estimated to have fallen by 70 percent in the last 50 years.
  • The pace of ice loss in the Arctic and Antarctic has tripled over the last decade.

Climate change will affect us all and the proposed developments must consider how to minimise their own impact on the environment whilst being designed to suit predicted changes and extreme events.

Tarbert Loch Fyne - Village & Harbour

Planning a sustainable future for the village community

So the existing community and future generations can be -

  • Healthier
  • Have better opportunities for
  • Education, training & employment
  • More confident and welcoming
  • An inclusive, fair and caring community
  • Have an improved quality of life with
  • Equity for all and live in a place with zero
  • Carbon in use and richer biodiversity.

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April 2, 2022
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