Meeting to discuss bid for CARS funding

A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Kirriemuir on Wednesday, August 8 - to provide more detail on how Kirriemuir may benefit from regeneration funding.

Readers may recall that, in late June, Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee agreed to submit a bid to Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS).

If successful, the funding will be used, in the main, to carry out repairs to historic buildings in the town centre, along with operating a small grants scheme.

The local authority is keen to get the backing of the local community for the proposals.

The public meeting on August 8 will provide an opportunity for those who are interested in this proposal to hear more information and to ask any questions regarding the preparation of the bid; and if it is successful, the opportunities that would be available, particularly to those properties and businesses within the town centre.

“To assist with the potential success of the bid it is important that strong community support for such an initiative is evident in the local area,” explains David Orr, chairman of Kirriemuir Heritage Trust.

The meeting is to be held in Kirriemuir Fire Station, Glengate, from 6 pm, and will be chaired by Roy Madden, natural and built environment manager of Angus Council’s Planning & Transport Division.

In addition to this, the Local Community Planning Team will display the results of a recent engagement exercise involving a photography competition organised by pupils from Webster’s High School concerning their perceptions of Kirriemuir.

The photographs will be on display and those in attendance will be asked for their thoughts.

Back in late June when the decision to push ahead with the funding bid was made, convener of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee, Councillor Mairi Evans, said: “The council already has a proven track record in delivering successful regeneration schemes in Brechin and Arbroath.

“Kirriemuir is an attractive small town, but several properties are in need of improvement and maintenance.

“Funding from Historic Scotland, along with possible match funding from the council and other sources, would be a major boost for the town.

“I would urge the local community to support the council in its bid.

“Historic Scotland is keen to see strong community backing for regeneration projects, and if we can demonstrate this in Kirriemuir they will hopefully look more favourably on our bid.”