Major revamp for conservation area

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A £1 million scheme to restore and regenerate the historic heart of Kirriemuir and its conservation area will soon be under way.

With joint funding from Historic Scotland and Angus Council, the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) aims to improve specific properties within the conservation area which are of architectural or historic interest but currently either vacant or partially vacant.

Small grants will also be available to property owners for shopfront improvements and other external repairs, including repairs to historic features such as rainwater goods, windows and stonework.

It follows the award of £645,000 from the heritage body earlier this year.

Councillor Iain Gaul, Angus Council leader and CARS steering group member, said: “Angus Council has worked for a number of years to bring this funding package together. Its success is a tribute to the vision and commitment of all those involved.

“Kirriemuir is unique in character. Following the success of the regeneration schemes in Brechin and Arbroath, this is another vital step in the ongoing regeneration of Angus towns.

“Restoring these buildings and bringing them back into sustainable use will breathe new life into the area in terms of jobs, tourism and economic regeneration.”

There will also be a training element to the initiative as the local construction sector will have the opportunity to improve skills in dealing with historic properties, and a dedicated CARS officer has been appointed to administer the project.

The next meeting of the CARS steering group, which consists of Councillors Iain Gaul, Jeanette Gaul and Ronnie Proctor and community council representative Cathy Stephenson, will take place on October 29 at 11 a.m. in the Lesser Hall, Kirriemuir. Small grant scheme information packs are available now from Angus Council ACCESS offices, libraries or by e-mailing the Kirriemuir CARS officer at kirriemuirCARS@angus.gov.uk