A £4.4 million funding boost for regeneration projects in Scotland’s historic heartlands was announced today by Historic Environment Scotland.
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Part of the eighth round of the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), the investment will be split across four towns: Inverkeithing, which will receive £1,007,700; Hawick, £1,314,800; Lochgilphead, £969,700; and Mauchline, £1,119,800.
Projects that stand to benefit include investment in one of Scotland’s best surviving Victorian high streets and investment in one of Ayrshire’s more hidden historic links to Burns.
CARS is a regeneration initiative designed to direct funding to town centres across Scotland which would benefit from heritage-led redevelopment. Since inception, £43 million has been awarded to communities across the country, resulting in over 140 new businesses and the creation of more than 460 jobs in areas of high unemployment.
Jane Ryder OBE, Chair, Historic Environment Scotland, said: One of the great merits of the CARS scheme is that it is locally led and allows local authorities to invest in priority properties they have identified and help communities to unlock the potential of their historic assets. So, as well as investing in conservation projects worthwhile in their own right, additional benefits range from encouraging tourism, to supporting local skills training and the creation of new businesses. All of this shows why the CARS scheme is so important.
Commenting on the announcement, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said This grant funding has been protected by the Scottish Government and supports towns and cities across Scotland to regenerate and improve their built environment benefiting Scotland’s diverse heritage assets and communities.
Now in its eleventh year, the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme has led to the repair and restoration of local heritage in towns across Scotland and in doing so contributes to their social fabric and community cohesion. It also boosts the economy as the funding supports local businesses in carrying out repairs and improvements.
The announcement comes as HES launches its new Corporate Plan for 2019 onwards, ‘Heritage For All’, and a new Historic Environment Policy for Scotland, which sets out how Scotland’s historic environment will be managed for current and future generations.
The launch of the plan follows an extensive period of consultation by the organisation, where people across Scotland were asked for their views on Scotland’s heritage sector, and what it meant to them…
Run primarily by local authorities for priority Conservation Areas, CARS funding can provide a number of socioeconomic benefits to the regions during the five-year project, while creating a lasting legacy for the town.
This latest CARS round will see historic buildings repaired to their former glory while ensuring greater accessibility for communities; the creation of local grant schemes to allow property owners to apply for funding to repair buildings; investment in streetscapes, community-led projects and training in traditional skills.