Bo'ness Regeneration funding boost
18 April 2006
Bo’ness will share in grants of 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 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.”
Falkirk Council has been awarded £300,000 to boost the existing Heritage Lottery Funded programme of renewal in Bo’ness to repair and re-use a number of buildings at risk in the town centre, including the baronial tenements on South and North Streets.
The work to consolidate and transform the environment of the Victorian town centre will build on that already done at both the National Trust for Scotland’s Dymocks Building and former Hippodrome Cinema, both recipients of Historic Scotland grants.
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.
5.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.
6.For more information please contact Lesley Brown.