£430,000 funding brings plans a step closer
Published: Wednesday 06 Sep 2017 by Fife Council
Cllr McGarry outside Friary Hospitium
In order to move forward with a five year improvement plan for Inverkeithing town centre, South & West Fife Area Committee have agreed to allocate a further £430,000 of funding to enhance their bid for external funding.
Adding to £100,000 of Council funds already committed last year, this will support the drive by Fife Council and Fife Historic Buildings Trust to secure a bid for over £3 million of funding from other sources.Historic Environment Scotland Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) and Heritage Lottery Townscape Heritage (TH) funding, along with other grants, would be used to deliver a varied programme of town centre regeneration, starting in April 2019.
If the bid is successful, the proposals will enhance the public areas around the town including spaces between and within buildings that public have access to. The built heritage of the area will be improved and people will be encouraged to get involved and become promoters of the town and all it has to offer.
Key civic buildings and assets, especially the Town House, the Friary Hospitium and Friary Gardens would receive investment to showcase their heritage and generate income to protect their future as important parts of the community. The programme would also include a small repair grants scheme to help owners improve traditional buildings in the town centre, and deliver education & training activities such as traditional building skills.
The funding is made up of £330,000 from the Fife Council Capital Investment Plan and £100,000 from the 2018-19 allocation of the South and West Fife Area Capital Fund.
Councillor Alice McGarry, Committee Convener, said “This funding is another step forward in implementing this heritage –led regeneration project. As well as enabling more improvements to the townscape, it will help attract additional money from external sources so that we can bring the whole vision to life.”
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