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Historic town and city centres across Scotland to benefit from Scottish Government funding

29 January 2013

Historic town and city centres across Scotland are to benefit from over £10 million worth of funding from the Scottish Government.

The funding, which is distributed through Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) will see 12 council areas allocated funding from the scheme which encourages local authorities to invest in their historic environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, made the announcement today (Tuesday 29th January 2013) as she visited one of the areas which has benefited from previous CARS funding in Dalkeith.

Dalkeith was awarded £402,638 in the 2nd Round of CARS funding in 2008. Since then the funding has provided improvements to the streetscape on the High Street, repairs to several key buildings including the Tollbooth and the Cross Keys Hotel, a former coaching inn, and small grants to home owners and shop keepers.

The Cabinet Secretary met with the Project Leader and representatives from the local council and was able to view first hand how the funding has been invested back into the area.

The Cabinet Secretary said:

“It has been a great privilege to see first hand how this investment programme is continuing to benefit communities such as Dalkeith across Scotland.

“Our historic environment plays a key role in communities and this funding provides an opportunity to invest back into the historic fabric and back into the heart of communities.

“It also crucially provides the opportunity to stimulate economic regeneration, a key priority in today’s economic climate, be that through a new end use or rejuvenating an existing facility.

“I am delighted to announce a further £10 million of funding for communities the length and breath of Scotland, which will give more areas than ever before the opportunity to benefit from this investment.”

The areas which are included in this round of funding are:

  • Kirkwall, Orkney Islands Council
  • Elgin, Moray Council
  • Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire Council
  • Falkirk, Falkirk Council
  • Parkhead Cross, Glasgow City Council
  • Banff, Aberdeenshire Council
  • Selkirk, Scottish Border Council
  • Kirriemuir, Angus Council
  • Galston, East Ayrshire Council
  • Cupar, Fife Council
  • Gorebridge, Midlothian Council
  • Inverarary, Argyll and Bute Council

Since 2005, there have been four CARS application rounds. The funding, which is allocated to local authorities by Historic Scotland is available to provide financial assistance for area based regeneration and conservation initiatives.

Open to Local and National Park Authorities, community groups and other third sector organisations delivering multi-funded projects it can be utilised for a number of purposes from priority repairs and small grants to homeowners and retailers, to providing traditional craft training opportunities.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
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