£10 million funding boost for Scotlands historic towns and cities
19 November 2013
Communities across Scotland are set to benefit from the latest round of Conservation
Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) funding announced today.
The £10 million was outlined by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and
External Affairs during her keynote speech at the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) Annual Congress
This is the sixth round of CARS funding, with £26 million having been invested by
the Scottish Government in projects across Scotland since the first grants were made in 2007. Applications
for this round will open early in the new year with a closing date of 31 August 2014.
CARS specifically targets conservation areas with social and economic disadvantages
that make it difficult to attract investment in sustainable regeneration. The scheme assists these areas
through channelling funding towards opportunities to enhance sustainable economic growth and help support
projects that develop an area’s sense of place.
Ms Hyslop told BEFS delegates that the scheme has clearly demonstrated it is a catalyst
to attract funding from other sources. In the scheme’s first year, £6.7 million was invested through
CARS, delivering improvements to 28,000 sq m of public realm, and the rejuvenation and reuse of 15,000
sq m of vacant floor space. This investment attracted a further £18.6 million from other sources – a
leverage of extra funding of 3 to 1.
The Cabinet Secretary said: “This investment will build on the considerable benefits
that CARS is already delivering for communities across Scotland since 2007. It will help reinvigorate
our villages, towns and cities and give people a sense of place and pride in their surroundings.
“Investment in our historic environment is key to contributing to an improved quality
of life for many people across Scotland. Not only does CARS breathe new life into our communities it
is instrumental in stimulating economic growth through new employment opportunities and promoting traditional
skills as well as boosting the local tourism industry.”
Ms Hyslop added: “Today’s announcement demonstrates that we are committed to delivering
for Scotland’s historic environment and placing it at the heart of our communities.”
Cllr Stephen Hagan, COSLA spokesperson for Development Economy & Sustainability
commented: “COSLA welcomes the announcement of a new round of funding for CARS and the support it gives
to regeneration of our historic areas. Since 2007, a large number of communities across Scotland have
already benefitted from this funding stream and I look forward to seeing the impact this latest investment
will help deliver.”
John Pelan, Director of the Built Environment Forum Scotland said: “BEFS welcomes
the news of the Scottish Government’s continued support for CARS which our Small Towns Initiative Report
highlighted as playing an important role in the regeneration of places such as Campbeltown, Kilsyth
and Stornoway. BEFS is pleased that the Cabinet Secretary continues to focus on the issue of ‘mainstreaming’
the historic environment as an integral part of the fabric of Scottish society and welcomes her
participation in its Annual Congress.”
CARS is open to Local and National Park Authorities, community groups and other
third sector organisations delivering multi-funded projects. The funding can be utilised for a number
of purposes from priority repairs and small grants to homeowners and retailers, to providing traditional
craft training opportunities.
Today’s funding announcement comes on the back of an independent analysis of Historic
Scotland’s investment across all its funding streams between 2007-12. The analysis shows that Historic
Scotland’s financial support has generated an additional £166 million of investment in the historic
environment. The full independent analysis of the Historic Scotland’s grant streams can be viewed here
For further information on the CARS scheme and to view previous funding recipients
visit our website
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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