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Historic communities get funding boost

18 April 2006

Regeneration projects across Scotland will share more than £6 million from Historic Scotland’s Historic Environment Regeneration Fund (HERF).

Patricia Ferguson, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, launched the funding initiative last year, inviting local authorities to nominate schemes that would provide real community benefits and revive conservation areas

Speaking about the 12 successful projects, the Minister said:

“What we were looking for were schemes which needed this partnership funding to get them off the ground. The benefits of strong communities in well-designed houses, streets, villages and towns, are enjoyed by us all. This funding will mean real improvement to the quality of life of people in Wick and Whithorn, Leith and Leadhills.

“I am delighted to see such a spread of ambitious schemes across the country and look forward to seeing the positive results that this funding from Historic Scotland will bring. I hope this first round of awards from the Historic Environment Regeneration Fund will inspire other planning authorities to use this scheme to better the quality of their own conservation areas.”

Notes to editors

1.The conservation area grant recipient projects are:

  • Bo’ness£300,000 (Falkirk Council)
  • Campbeltown£385,500  (Argyll and Bute Council)
  • Dunfermline£850,000 (Fife Council)
  • Kilmarnock£711,170 (East Ayrshire Council)
  • Killin£62,500 (Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park)
  • Kilsyth£325,000(North Lanarkshire Council)
  • Leadhills£400,000 (South Lanarkshire Council)
  • Leith£468,285  (City of Edinburgh Council)
  • Peterhead£650,000  (Aberdeenshire Council)
  • Stornoway£300,000  (Western Isles Council)
  • Whithorn£370,000  (Dumfries & Galloway Council)
  • Wick£1.5m (Highland Council)

2.The HERF provides financial assistance for area-based regeneration and conservation initiatives.  The Fund encourages local authorities to establish Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes and can also support Townscape Heritage Initiatives funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund..  Up to £8 million is being made available over 5 years from April 2006.

3.The HERF was launched in May 2005 as part of a general review of Historic Scotland’s grants programme.  The results of the review were published in Historic Environment Grants: Delivering Communities, Making the System Work Better.  

4.Local authorities and the 2 national park authorities were invited to make applications for funding up to £1.5 million per authority over 5 years.  The funds are to be targeted at conservation areas with demonstrable:

  • economic, physical and social need;
  • political and strategic support via Community Planning Partnerships and statutory plans;
  • partnership, financial and other support packages, both public and private; and
  • commitment to best practice and heritage-led regeneration.

6.Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment on behalf of Scottish Ministers. The agency is responsible to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

7.For more information please contact Lesley Brown.

For further information


Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk