Stirling to receive £750k heritage funding
The city of Stirling is to benefit from £750,000 of investment into heritage regeneration projects.
The money will be distributed over the next three years by Historic Environment Scotland.
A further £185,000 will be allocated to support the Trust’s Traditional Buildings Health Check Scheme.
Stirling City Heritage Trust will use the funding to help with local projects around the community.
David Black, Chair of Stirling City Heritage Trust, said, “It is great news that Historic Environment Scotland will be funding the Trust for a further three years from April 2018 including continuation of the Traditional Buildings Health Check, based on Stirling’s successful pilot scheme.
“This investment will allow us to continue to work in partnership with property owners in the repair and maintenance of the built heritage of Stirling.
“This is vital to the city’s economy, and crucial in safeguarding and conserving the rich cultural heritage found in the traditional buildings of Stirling.”
Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland’s cities to lead the way in improving our historic built environment and to encourage more proactive maintenance of our diverse buildings.
“I am confident that the funding will further benefit local communities and the wider economy, providing skilled work for our people.
“It is essential that our historic environment is cared for in a sustainable way.
“The City Heritage Trust scheme will help ensure the conditions and quality of their local historic environment can be improved and preserved for future generations, while bringing immediate, tangible benefits to communities across the country.”
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, added, “Through schemes such as City Heritage Trust funding, organisations best placed to understand local needs have the opportunity to not only improve the condition and quality of their local historic environment, but align projects to deliver the best possible outcomes in their communities.
“We want to ensure more of the money we spend is directed by communities themselves – by the individuals and organisations who know best how to tackle the issues affecting their communities and harnessing the energy of local people.”
“We are seeing the positive impacts previous funding rounds have had on local communities, including the employment opportunities generated and stronger economies from successful commercial ventures.”