Aros Waterfront Regeneration

PRE-DEVELOPMENT WORKS


Tobermory Harbour Association’s latest project, Aros Waterfront Regeneration – Pre Development Works, where a cost analysis for the regeneration of the waterfront will be prepared, will focus on building a business case for the restoration of the historic Aros Pier and the refurbishment of the two disused buildings, the original Boathouse and former Sawmill.   The aim is to identify a sustainable business development that will enhance local facilities and provide additional jobs and economic benefit to Tobermory and the Isle of Mull.
Aros Park is located immediately South of Tobermory, and can be accessed by car on the main Salen-Tobermory A848 route, or via the coastal path from Tobermory Harbour. It is currently owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, who are keen to facilitate a community takeover of the pier site through the THA, who manage Tobermory Bay and its environs on behalf of the community already. The Aros Waterfront Project aims to halt the decline of these much valued community assets and, through consultation with the community, it is hoped that a case can be made that meets their aspirations for this area of Aros Park. A successful regeneration project will help boost visitor numbers by providing an opportunity to share & explore the history of this unique former estate.

                                                                                                             Tobermory from Aros Pier


The heritage value of Aros Park, its historic buildings, ancient woodlands and natural heritage is presently diminished through lack of availability of information and resources which allow visitors to engage with its history. Funding has been received from Heritage Lottery Fund and Awards For All which will allow the THA to develop a Business Case for the regeneration of the site, prepare an Options Appraisal to ascertain the best possible uses for the land, and complete survey works to establish the cost of renovations.
 
The pier restoration would see it replicate its former hub of activity, providing a focal point for any marine-based activities and a proposed water taxi link from Tobermory will regenerate historic cultural and commercial links with the town. A Heritage Centre to compliment the local museum would be of a high educational value for visitors and local residents, and a tearoom/café would generate income and provide opportunities for existing local businesses. Marine facilities including a sailing school and water sports, as well as an adventure playground and tree-top forest attraction would make a significant contribution to general health & well-being in the community, as well as serving to increase the footfall of the park. Together, the proposed facilities provide a high-quality, all-weather visitor attraction and a valuable local community space with many options for future use.
 
As a result of this development proving economically sound, there would be increased opportunities for people to engage in a variety of activities, both educational and recreational, attracting youth groups and schools. The proposed facilities will contribute towards a greater holiday experience afforded our visitors, encouraging repeat and recommended visits, especially in light of the recent introduction of RET on all ferry routes to the island, which has significantly decreased the cost of travel.
 
Aros Waterfront Regeneration coming to fruition would not only see the restoration of significant community assets, encouraging greater use of the park and increasing its’ potential footfall but would also promote a strong sense of community spirit in the town, making Tobermory a more attractive place to both live and visit.



The success of this project is largely based on community involvement and, as such, we want to hear your aspirations for Aros Waterfront. Development suggestions must be in keeping with the surroundings of the park and compliment what is already on offer, as well as being economically viable. Please get in touch to share your views and watch out for upcoming consultation events and community surveys.
 
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PRESS RELEASE:  THA wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
 

We are currently researching the viability of regenerating Aros Park Waterfront. This includes the old pier and the old buildings, which you can read all about in our Community Consultation Leaflet. Please can you take a moment to complete our Community Consultation Questionnaire or our Business Consultation Questionnaire which you can print out, complete and either email to marion.maclean@tobermoryharbour.co.uk or post to Tobermory Harbour Association, Taigh Solais, Ledaig, PA75  6NR.

If you prefer to fill out our online survey to let us know what your preferred regeneration options are for Aros Park, please follow this link:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=146306271670

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