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Regeneration boost for historic communities

6 February 2009

Nine historic communities across Scotland will benefit from more than £5 million, Culture Minister Linda Fabiani announced today (Friday, 6 February).

Announcing the latest round of Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes (CARS), the Minister said: “These grants provide vital support for councils who want to breathe new life into areas that have not had the means to do so in recent years.

“The investment in maintaining and improving the historic character and heritage of these areas is essential for sustainable development, economic growth, training and job creation for those who live and work in the community.

“We are committed to the economic recovery of Scotland’s towns and cities. Historic Scotland’s CARS grants, together with the Government’s recently announced £60m Town Centre Regeneration Fund, will help to achieve that.”

Historic Scotland has so far distributed £8.5 million to 16 councils since the scheme launched in 2007. CARS specifically target historic areas with social and economic disadvantages that make it difficult to attract investment in sustainable regeneration.  

Funding can be used for repairs and improvements to private homes and businesses as well as restoring local landmarks to bring them back into use. Local authorities can also use the money to appoint qualified conservation staff to guide the project or provide training in traditional skills.

This round of grants have been allocated to:

Area  /   Local Authority  /  Award
  • Callander - Loch Lommond & the Trossachs National Park - £250,000
  • Cumbernauld Village - North Lanarkshire - £375,000
  • Cumnock - East Ayrshire - £888,050
  • Kirkcaldy - Fife - £495,917
  • Stromness - Orkney Islands - £857,583
  • Kelso - Scottish Borders - £307,500
  • Blair Atholl - Perth and Kinross - £306,574
  • Haddington - East Lothian - £812,000
  • Paisley - Renfrewshire - £738,800



Notes to editors

  • Grants are targeted towards conservation areas where:
    • economic, social and physical need for financial support can be demonstrated; investment is identified as a priority through development plans and community planning partnerships;
    • support is demonstrated to add value to a wider package of public/ private investment and action;
    • it is actively managed in line with best practice set out in Planning Advice Note 71: Conservation Area Management; and
    • there is evidence of strong local commitment for heritage–led regeneration.
    • grant funding has not already been invested.

  • CARS are partnership projects in which Historic Scotland will be just one of the funding bodies. They typically include the Heritage Lottery Fund local authorities, heritage trusts and other public or voluntary bodies. Contributions are also made by the private sector.

  • Local authorities already taking part in CAR schemes include:
    • Argyll & Bute – Campbelltown (£385,500)
    • Aberdeen – The Green (£350,000)
    • Aberdeenshire – Peterhead (£650,000); Banff (£156,250)
    • Angus – Brechin (£370,750)
    • Dumfries & Galloway – Whithorn (£370,000)
    • East Ayrshire – Kilmarnock (£811,170);  John Finnie & Bank Street (£253,980)
    • Edinburgh – Leith (£468,285)
    • Falkirk – Bo’ness (£300,000)
    • Fife – Dunfermline (£850,000) ; Dysart (£395,000)
    • Highland – Wick (£1,500,000)
    • Loch Lomond and the Trossochs – Killin (£62,500)
    • Midlothian – Dalkeith Park & High Street (£318,406)
    • North Lanarkshire – Kilsyth (£325,000)
    • Perth & Kinross Council – Coupar Angus (£192,000)
    • South Lanarkshire – Leadhills (£400,000)
    • Western Isles – Stornoway (£300,000)

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


  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations

For further information


Lisa Nicholson
Communications and Media Manager
Communications and Media
0131 668 8852 or 07500 065 438
lisa.nicholson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk