South Scotland

Scottish towns awarded £10m towards improvement works

Selkirk, Falkirk, Kirkwall, Elgin and Cupar
The funding has been awarded to 12 different parts of Scotland in total to invest in their historic environment

More than £10m has been awarded to a dozen historic Scottish towns and areas in order to carry out improvements.

It comes via Historic Scotland's Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

Kirkwall, Elgin, Kilbirnie, Falkirk, Parkhead Cross, Banff, Selkirk, Kirriemuir, Galston, Cupar, Gorebridge and Inveraray are the beneficiaries.

The funds are designed to encourage local authorities to "invest in their historic environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration".

Since 2005, there have been four application rounds to the scheme.

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

The latest round of funding was announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop during a visit to Dalkeith which was previously awarded funds through the scheme.

Since then it has seen repairs carried out to a number of key buildings.

Ms Hyslop said: "It has been a great privilege to see first hand how this investment programme is continuing to benefit communities such as Dalkeith across Scotland.

"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 crucially provides the opportunity to stimulate economic regeneration, a key priority in today's economic climate, be that through a new end use or rejuvenating an existing facility."

The biggest grant, of £1.6m, goes to Falkirk with awards of £1m or more to Kirkwall, Cupar and Parkhead Cross in Glasgow.

Elgin benefits from an award of £750,000 as does Selkirk.

Funding in the Scottish Borders town will focus on the Market Place area as well as the category A listed building, Sir Walter Scott's former court house.

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