Kirriemuir is set for funding

The HISTORIC town of Kirriemuir, will be the focus for regeneration funding, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, announced earlier this week.

The Angus Council has been awarded £645,000 of funding by the Scottish Government for essential repairs and improvements to its historic heartland.

The funding, which is distributed through Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) sees 12 council areas, including Angus Council, allocated funds from the scheme.

The initiative aims to encourage local authorities to invest in their historic environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration.

The Cabinet Secretary said: “Our historic environment plays a key role in communities and this funding provides an opportunity to invest back into the historic fabric and back into the heart of communities.

“It also provides the opportunity to help stimulate economic regeneration, a key priority in today’s economic climate, be that through a new end use or rejuvenating an existing facility.

“I am delighted to announce this funding, which will benefit communities the length and breadth of Scotland, and will give more areas than ever before the opportunity to benefit from this investment.”

Since 2005, there have been four CARS application rounds.

The funding, which is allocated to local authorities by Historic Scotland is available to provide financial assistance for Conservation Area based regeneration and conservation initiatives.

Open to Local and National Park Authorities, community groups and other third sector organisations delivering multi-funded projects it can be utilised for a number of purposes from priority repairs and small grants to homeowners and retailers to providing traditional craft training opportunities.

The areas which are included in this round of funding are: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands Council; Elgin, Moray Council; Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire Council; Falkirk, Falkirk Council; Parkhead Cross, Glasgow City Council; Banff, Aberdeenshire Council; Selkirk, Scottish Border Council; Kirriemuir, Angus Council; Galston, East Ayrshire Council; Cupar, Fife Council; Gorebridge, Midlothian Council; Inverarary, Argyll and Bute Council.